Preparation: The plowman's priority is to ready the ground for planting by ridding the ground of clods, stones, and weeds. Does the plowman keep plowing all day in order to sow? No, he is to till just enough to make it ready for planting.
In the same way, there are clods, stones, and debris in our lives. The plowing of such-the trials and tribulations-stop as soon as God's purpose for them has been accomplished. That means as soon as our lives have been made ready to be planted in order to receive a harvest of crops.
Discretion: "The Lord Almighty is a wonderful teacher, and gives the farmer great wisdom (vs. 29)."There is a time and a place for all that we do, and we must have purpose and discretion in our daily activities. Note this discretion is given to us by the Lord. He governs the world with wisdom, using the gentlest touch for each of us. He expects us to recognize that there are diverse ways to deal with our problems, and He deals with each of us according to our individuality.
Priorities: In a practical sense, we have to question our priorities and actions. We have to determine if the ground in our lives is ready to receive the blessing of crops. We have to decide whether it's more important to go out with friends or spend more time with our family. Should we work two jobs so we can have more money or spend more time in God's work? Do we watch too much television or spend too much time playing video games or browsing the internet when God has more important things for us to accomplish?
Purpose: And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).We were not sent into this world without a reason. On the contrary, each of us was sent here for a great purpose. When we don't know what God's will for our life is, we must sincerely seek it and follow what we do understand of it so far. Many of us are using our God-given spiritual gifts to magnify Him. Many of us are using those same gifts as talents to satisfy our own purpose. If we are to see the great work of God in our lives to fulfill His purpose for us, we must use our gifts to love and magnify Him.
When we prioritize our income and time, we usually discover we have enough of each to live fruitful, crop-producing lives. When we search out with God our purpose for having been born to this earth, we receive His blessings. The meaning of life, when lived according to God's plan, is a life of purpose.