Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you. Hosea 10:12 (ESV)
Have you ever been in a season where you feel you needed revival? We all go through seasons where we may feel distant, complacent, or disconnected from God. How can we bring our hearts to restoration? Scripture tells us plainly in the passage to sow righteousness, reap steadfast love, and break up your fallow ground.
Sowing righteousness isn’t just about doing the right thing, but it is also our motivation for doing the right thing. If we want to bring about revival in our hearts, we must sow righteousness to bring glory to a God who has already given us his mercy and grace. We don’t sow righteousness to earn God’s love, we sow righteousness because we love God. To reap steadfast love means that we accept the grace, mercy and forgiveness God has already given us. In turn, we bestow steadfast love upon others, as a reflection of Christ.
It is interesting what comes next, breaking up fallow, or unplowed ground. Coming from a farming community, this was a beautiful picture of what the Lord can do in our hearts if we allow Him to. If you know anything about unplowed land, it is hard, it is unproductive, and it produces nothing until the plow reaches it. When we allow God to “plow” our hearts, if you will, or break up the hardness in our hearts, we begin to grow. Growth, like the plow, is painful, but productive. Seeds are planted, nourished, we begin to grow. With brokenness comes revival.
God, I thank you so much that you bring revival upon my heart. Thank you for weeding out the things that don’t belong and for continually bringing me back to you. My relationship with you is precious, and for that I am eternally grateful. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Are there areas of your heart that you would consider “fallow ground”?
Ask God to break up those areas and help you grow closer and more obedient to Him daily.