Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12 (NIV)
What does that mean? What does what mean? What does it mean to break up unplowed ground? This refers to your heart. What is the condition of your heart? Is your heart like hard, unplowed ground? Or is your heart like fertile soil that can produce a crop or bear fruit? Are you sowing to the righteous life that I have called you to live? Or are you planting wickedness in your heart and mind and life? Are there things in your heart that must be rooted out so that righteousness can grow and flourish in you? Think of your heart as a garden. How are you tending to your heart? Now, I understand what it means to break up unplowed ground in my heart. That’s good.
How will you break up the unplowed ground of your heart? Not on my own, that is for sure. Why is that? I need your help. Tending to my heart is not something I can do on my own, all by myself. I need your wisdom. I need your guidance. I need your direction. So, I will seek you with all my heart. That will be very good. I have no doubt that you will show me what needs to be rooted out of my heart and mind and life. What kinds of things might need to be rooted out of your heart? There is a long list of possibilities. Let me hear what comes to your mind. Fear and doubt need to be rooted out of my heart. Worry and anxiety need to be rooted out of my heart. Pride and arrogance need to be rooted out of my heart. What needs to be planted in your heart? Again, I have some ideas. Let me hear what comes to your mind. Faith and courage need to be planted in my heart. Hope and joy and love need to be planted in my heart. Humility and integrity need to be planted in my heart. Steadfastness and faithfulness need to be planted in my heart. You have some very good ideas about what needs to be rooted out and what needs to be planted in you.
Do you believe that I will help you? Do you believe that I will break up the unplowed ground of your heart so you can live the righteous life I have called you to live? Will I help you to root out wickedness and plant and nurture righteousness in you? Yes, I believe that you will make my life fruitful. You will do your work in my heart and mind and life as I seek you with all my heart. That I will, you can be sure of that. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I don’t want to have a hard heart like unplowed ground. I am choosing to sow to the righteous life you have called me to live. No longer will I plant to wickedness. Break up my unplowed ground as I seek you with all my heart. Bear fruit through all of my life. Amen
Key Question… What spiritual disciplines are helping you to sow to the righteous life God has called you to live?
Living It Out… Choose to sow to the righteous life God has called you to live as you seek Him with all your heart.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that you will be sowing to righteousness and allowing your heart to be plowed as you seek the Lord.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are seeking the Lord with all your heart.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you break up the unplowed ground of your heart and seek the Lord.
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