Proverbs 24:30-34 is a warning for all us. Verse 30 says, “I went by the field of the lazy man, and by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding.” Here is what it looked like:
overgrown with thorns
covered with nettles
stone wall was broken down
We are the keepers of our heart. Proverbs 4:23 says that we need to do it with diligence, not neglecting our role as the husbandman.
Our heart is our belief center. It requires diligence to maintain our core beliefs, lest some fiery dart lie penetrates to undermine our faith.
We know from Mark 4:18-19 what happens when thorns are allowed to remain in the soil of our heart. They choke out the word:
cares of this world
deceitfulness of riches
desire for other things
Nettles are those little irritations that we ignore until they become full-blown expressions of our flesh.
Without a hedge around our heart, all manner of things creep in. Song of Solomon 2:15 says, “Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines; for our vines have tender grapes.” The ‘little foxes’ take away our potential fruit. Colossians 2:8 says, “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.”