Great photo, isn’t it?
Very appealing, eye-catching.
No, not really.
It’s just hard, dry, unused ground.
Helping no one.
Last night I was flipping through the TV channels because I couldn’t sleep and I listened to a preacher read this verse…
Sow with a view to righteousness, Reap in accordance with kindness; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord. Hosea 10:12
I did not watch the rest of the message and I went to bed. A few hours later, I woke up with thoughts about this word “fallow”.
Fallow is not a word we use these days, but it’s familiar to any farmer. It’s land that isn’t doing what land was designed to do. It’s just sitting there. It might have potential, but until the farmer does something with it. It is simply fallow.
And, if it sits too long it becomes hard and unproductive, not producing anything, not doing what land was meant to do.
My heart is like that too. When I’m not breaking up the fallow parts of my heart with the Word of God, with prayer, with time with God, it becomes hard, sterile and cold.
“Break up the fallow ground” demands that I am aware of my dry places and that I have to do something about it!
If I don’t… if I let those fallow parts of my life alone they become hard. Hard to God, hard to his Word and hard to others.
It would be easier if God said, “Let me break up the fallow ground of your life” but He didn’t. He told me to do it. So if I care at all about growth, being of value to God, making a difference in the world and eternity it means I have to get involved!
I have to get out the plow (God’s word), find those hard, dry places in my life and break up that soil with God’s word and time with God in prayer.
Self-examination consists of looking at your life, considering your motives and actions. It means calling up your past and seeing its true character.
It takes time with God, time in prayer, time in His Word and time to listen to Him.
And, to be honest, when my heart hardens, prayer is the last thing I want to do!
Hard hearts and fallow ground. Not exciting stuff. But watch a farmer as he takes a plow to that ground, turns it over, breaks it up and plants the seed. Then come back a month later, two months later and see what happens. All you see is growth.
The same is true for the fallow grounds of our heart when we let God plant seeds of growth in our lives.
All you see is growth.
Growth that will change your life forever.
Even hard hearts and fallow ground can be places of great blessing if we refuse to let our heart stay hard, dry and fallow.
And what a difference a little work makes in the fallow grounds of our hearts!