1998-01-28 - Break Up Your Fallow Ground
Hosea 10:12 -" Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till He come and rain righteousness upon you." (KJV)
Fallow - land for crops allowed to lie idle during the growing season.
My grandfather owned a farm in which he planted corn, tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, strawberries and other foods harvested for my grandmother's kitchen. I can remember him plowing up the fields before planting the seeds that he was going to grow. He went over the fields thoroughly, getting rid of rocks that hinder the growth of the seedlings. He eliminated weeds that would hamper the growth of the new plants.
One thing I remember is that he didn't always plant every part of every field. Sometimes, he would allow a potion of the field to lie dormant to give it a rest from the strains of growing crops. In allowing it to lie dormant, the soil could recapture the nutrients that had been taken out of it during the last growing season.
This letting the soil lie dormant can be applied to our Christian walks. Oftentimes, we allow parts of our lives to lie dormant, to not grow in grace, to not be fed by the Spirit. We keep parts of our lives hidden from God and sometimes from ourselves.
Past hurts lie buried like the rocks in a farmers field that we discourage strong, healthy plants. Relationships become strained because of weeds that are allowed to grow in the gardens of our lives. Life becomes a rut. We wake up in the morning and rush to get the things done that call for our attention, neglecting the one reason that we have our being.
And yet, Jesus is calling each and every one of us to sow in righteousness and reap in mercy. He calls us to plant our fields with His good works. He asks us to dig up those rocks and pull out those weeds. He tells us to break up our fallow ground for it is time to grow.
Is there a part of your life that you have allowed to lie dormant? Are there weeds and rocks hindering the garden of your soul? Break UP your fallow ground, seek the Lord, and then, along with David you can truly say, He restoreth my soul, my cup runneth over."
Lord, so often days go by and time slips away and we realize that nothing has grown in Your garden in my soul. Father, oftentimes troubles and cares overwhelm us and we forget that You are there for each and every portion of our lives. Jesus, help me, today, to recognize in my life what is fallow, what needs to be broken up and places into your care. Help me to seek You in all I do, in every minute of every day. Amen.