Your threshing shall last till the time of vintage, and the vintage shall last till the time of sowing; you shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. (Leviticus 26:5)
This passage conveys the message that, when God’s people walk in obedience they will experience bountiful crops. The fruit of their labor (in this case grain) will be so plentiful that it will last until it is time to harvest their next crop (what grows on the vine). That crop will last until it is time to sow in the next year. The prophet Amos speaks of a time such as this when he said: “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; the mountains shall drip with sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it” (Amos 9:13).
On one hand this speaks of God’s provision for an obedient people. On the other hand, it speaks of a people who are continually sowing, reaping, kneading, baking, pruning and planting. In other words, those who keep His instructions are extremely busy. That is not to say that they are like hamsters on a treadmill but are industrious and productive people, building and creating a prosperous life. In short this continuous activity is part of the blessing. Productive people are more likely to be fulfilled in their life and better suited to deal with what it presents to them. In other words, they tend to be more healthy in mind, body and spirit.
This is important to consider because, as human beings, when we are not busy we tend to seek amusement and stimulation in all the wrong places. Most believers would never consider frequenting bars and other such places but how about spending too much time on a computer or staring at mindless things on a so-called smart phone? It would be good for us to keep in mind that one of the things God was so upset with Sodom about was their “abundance of idleness,” which apparently led to other things. The point then is this: work is good when it operates within the instructions given to us by our God. Moreover doing the work of the Kingdom is even better and will be rewarded with all those things that really matter. So then, let us keep our hand on the plow and be about our Father’s business.
Blessings and Shalom,