I have not planted a garden in a long time, but I remember the first time I planted one. My family wanted tomatoes and squash. I heard these were easy, quick growing plants, so with great expectation I planted them..
Soon little tomatoes and squash showed up, but so did other things: aphids (insects that sucked the life out of the tomatoes), weeds throughout the garden, mildew all over the squash plants. Although I didn't plant any weeds, invite the aphids, or infect the squash with fungus, there they were! These came all on their own, and without diligence on my part, they would have destroyed my garden.
I passed by the field of the sluggard and by the vineyard of the man lacking sense, 31 And behold, it was completely overgrown with thistles; Its surface was covered with nettles, And its stone wall was broken down. 32 When I saw, I reflected upon it; I looked, and received instruction. 33 "A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest," 34 Then your poverty will come as a robber And your want like an armed man.
It is not enough to plan to do the right thing, not enough that you sow good seeds. The bad seed grows up all on their own.. Good intention will not cut it. There is an enemy to our souls. Jesus said that even if the word of God is sown in your heart, it can be choked out by evil.
Mark 4:19 ...but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
We think,”I will just do the right thing and then all will be well.” Not so. Jesus Christ, the perfect Son of God, sowed good seen and the enemy (Satan) came along behind him and planted bad weeds. When ever a Christian says,”I am going to build a great and godly family.” Our enemy, Satan, is always right behind planting evil to oppose our efforts.
So what is the answer?
Galatians 6:9-10 And let us not lose heart in doing good (planting good seed and pulling out weeds), for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary. If we think that this is and easy thing we will give up too soon. Being prepared for sowing and pulling over the long haul is the price to see God’s great harvest in our lives.