“Much food (increase) is in the fallow ground of the poor, And for lack of justice there is waste.” (Proverbs 13:23)
Finding increase after a season of rest
When you understand AND act upon the implications of this verse, MANY of you will experience life changing increase! After losing my wife of 24 years and starting over with Judy (watch this interview for some history), I stepped back from active ministry and business. During the next four years our relationship prospered beyond what we could have hoped for, but my business, ministry and website laid pretty much dormant.
At the end of last year I asked the Lord about why things were so tight. He spoke softly the truth… “Son, you have let your ground lay fallow.” Instantly, I recalled the Proverb that states, “There is much food (provision) in the fallow ground of the poor.” Do you hear what that is saying???
Fallow ground by definition is ground that has been plowed and readied for sowing, but then seed is withheld and the ground is allowed to lay dormant, and it becomes hard and unproductive. If you are not a farmer, fallow ground is anything you have that was created to yield increase but is not being utilized.
It could be a skill, a gifting, or a talent. It could be a business, a website or your sales territory. It could be a specific demographic, a region or a calling. Anything God has given you that could yield increase if properly and diligently worked!
God made provision for anyone to have abundance
God says that even the poor have enough “fallow ground” to produce MUCH FOOD. Some translations refer to the potential as “abundance”. But the reason the poor or those in a state of lack are still poor is they are not working their field. This may not be a work ethic problem. They may not even know they have a field or how to work it.
But because they (we) are not planting, nurturing, watering, or grooming the field God has for us, we are not experiencing harvest. There is usually a little because of the random seeds from prior harvests that have fallen in the ground and grown up, but by and large there is lack.
So God was gently pointing out to me that the field He has called me to has laid dormant these last four years. And if I wanted to see harvests again, I needed to plow that untilled land I had previously worked so hard, for so many years. I needed to begin sowing into that field and lending my sweat and labor, my heart and love to that calling.
So how about you? Are you experiencing lack right now? Are you working your fallow ground? I am not asking if you’re busy. I am asking if you are working the field, by sowing, watering, laboring, etc. DO NOT confuse activity for productivity. Take a hard look at the metrics that produce a harvest in your line of work. Lay the “story” (excuses) aside and just look at YOUR metrics. Then ask two questions…
- Are you working in the field He has called you to?
- Are you performing the metrics at a high level that produce a big harvest?
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This is just the tip of the iceberg! When you truly grasp the secret of the fallow ground, your life will never be the same again, and lack will not long be your portion! Watch for the next posting… We’re just getting started!