This is one of those Proverbs that resonates in my spirit on a regular basis. It keeps me grounded and focused on the task at hand. It’s also one that illustrates why so many Christians lack their basic provision. Put simply, to work your own land is to work with diligence on what God has given you today, not working FOR tomorrow. To chase a fantasy is to live each day not for the present, but for the future.
Think about it, how many marriages and families have been sacrificed in the pursuit of wealth, a new business or ministry endeavor? In almost every case, the motivation for starting the business or making the money is to provide for the wife or kids. But in the pursuit, many folks lose the very thing they are working for! Why? It’s because they are off chasing a fantasy instead of working their own land.
The land they have TODAY is their marriage, or their family. But they leave the very important task of tending and cultivating their land in pursuit of another field! In America we call it “The pursuit of happiness” and it’s one of the primary reasons for so much destruction in marriages and families.
I’m not knocking an entrepreneurial spirit; I’m not knocking hard work or innovation. These things take faith. But if at any point in your pursuit of what ISN’T you forsake what IS, you lack judgment. You can have your cake and eat it too. You can pursue the dreams that God has put in your heart without destroying what He’s given you TODAY.
You CAN achieve the goals that Jesus has put in your spirit without destroying your life, your marriage and your family. It will take TIME and PATIENCE, two words no American understands or wants to hear.