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I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the
man void of understanding;
and, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had
covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was
broken down. Proverbs 24:30, 31
This is a very familiar passage of scripture. As I read it
something jumped out at me that I didn’t see before. People
who know this scripture talk about it in context of laziness
but there is more.
The lazy man was not just lazy but was void of understanding!
Those two things are not the same.
Look at the effects of not having understanding:
His vineyard was all grown over with thorns
The nettles had covered the face thereof
The stone wall thereof was broken down!
To own a vineyard you had to have some sort of wealth.
This man had wealth. He knew stuff but…..
How could he let things just decay like that?
My pastor taught me that
the problem in the world today is not a knowledge problem.
We have a wisdom problem! And I think that applies here.
In all his “knowing” the man didn’t apply what he knew. He didn’t
pursue understanding! In other words, he didn’t seek to
understand what was going on. He was wealthy but he didn’t seek
to understand how to use it!
I was challenged when I read that scripture. Laziness is deadly
but not having understanding is just as deadly. The man’s walls
were broken down!
We need to make it a goal to get understanding. Don’t settle
for knowledge only but seek understanding!
As I looked at my life after reading this scripture I saw areas
where I was like the man who was void of understanding.
Laziness crept in because he had no understanding!
I asked myself, do I have understanding?
It’s not enough to just know about something? It’s not enough
to have information, because that is all it will ever be, information.
Understanding comes when you apply what you know.
It’s not too late to get understanding. There
is so much going on today. A lot of people don’t have understanding
and it’s destroying them. Their walls are broken down, with thorns
all grown over. We have a chance……
Am I void of understanding or
Am I seeking to understand?
Where are you at?