Hosea10:12b - Preparing Your Mind For God's Word And A Good Harvest. (updated)

Hosea10:12b - Preparing Your Mind For God's Word And A Good 
Harvest.  (updated) 

Hosea 10:12b (NLT) Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for 
now is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and shower 
righteousness upon you.' 

Hosea 10:12b (CWR) It's time for you to break up the unplowed 
ground of your hearts and seek the Lord until I come and rain my 
righteousness upon you. 

We must break up our fallow ground. We cannot sow among thorns 
and hope for a good harvest. [Wycliffe Bible Commentary mod] 

Let them cleanse their hearts from all corrupt affections and 
lusts, which are as weeds and thorns, and let them be humbled for their 
sins, and be of a broken and contrite spirit in the sense of them; 
(Matthew Henry's Commentary) 

A plowed field is earth that is ready to receive seeds. It is no 
longer stony and hard; it has been carefully prepared, and it is 
available. Is your life ready for God to work in it? You can break up the 
unplowed ground of your heart by acknowledging your sins and receiving 
God's forgiveness and guidance. [Life Application SB] 

The month of April is said to derive its name from the Latin 
verb aperio, which signifies to open, because all the buds and 
blossoms are now opening, and we have arrived at the gates of the flowery 
year. Reader, if you are yet unsaved, may your heart, in accord with 
the universal awakening of nature, be opened to receive the Lord. 
Every blossoming flower warns you that it is time to seek the Lord; be 
not out of tune with nature, but let your heart bud and bloom with 
holy desires. Do you tell me that the warm blood of youth leaps in 
your veins? then, I entreat you, give your vigour to the Lord. It was 
my unspeakable happiness to be called in early youth, and I could 
fain praise the Lord every day for it. Salvation is priceless, let it 
come when it may, but oh! an early salvation has a double value in 
it. Young men and maidens, since you may perish ere you reach your 
prime, "It is time to seek the Lord." Ye who feel the first signs of 
decay, quicken your pace: that hollow cough, that hectic flush, are 
warnings which you must not trifle with; with you it is indeed time to 
seek the Lord. Did I observe a little grey mingled with your once 
luxurious tresses? Years are stealing on apace, and death is drawing 
nearer by hasty marches, let each return of spring arouse you to set 
your house in order. Dear reader, if you are now advanced in life, 
let me entreat and implore you to delay no longer. There is a day of 
grace for you now--be thankful for that, but it is a limited season and 
grows shorter every time that clock ticks. Here in this silent 
chamber, on this first night of another month, I speak to you as best I 
can by paper and ink, and from my inmost soul, as God's servant, I 
lay before you this warning, "It is time to seek the Lord." Slight 
not that work, it may be your last call from destruction, the final 
syllable from the lip of grace. [Morning and Evening by Charles H. 

  The people of Hosea's day had become hardened to God's Word. 
They had heard it many times before and had grown apathetic to what 
God required of them. God's solution was for them to break up the 
fallow ground of their hearts. They were to allow Him to soften their 
hardened hearts. When the earth was dry and crusty, the farmer would plow 
to loosen the soil so it was receptive to the seeds and the rains 
that would give life to the crop. Likewise, God's people were to 
break up the sinful barriers in their lives that prevented God's Word 
from penetrating their hearts. Then, said Hosea, God would give life 
and refresh them by raining down on them in righteousness.  
  As Christians, we must continually cultivate our hearts and 
minds so that they are receptive to whatever God tells us. John the 
Baptist exhorted those around him to prepare for Jesus' coming. We, too, 
can remind others to prepare their lives so that God's righteousness 
will penetrate and fill their lives. We can urge them to repent when 
we see sin sinking into their lives. We can share the joy that 
God's Word brings us and encourage our friends to seek God's will 
also. We can model obedience for our children. We can tell of the 
blessings that have come to us as a result of our obedience. We can help 
to break up the fallow ground in the hearts of those around us. 
  Hosea admonished God's people to seek the Lord until His 
righteousness rained down upon them. We should immediately cultivate our heart 
whenever it starts to become hardened toward God. If we keep our hearts 
prepared, we will be ready when God's Word comes to us. [Experiencing God 
Day by Day by Henry and Richard Blackaby re Hos. 10:12] 

  Many summers ago, I accidentally snapped off the sprinkler 
head that watered my flower garden. Because I didn't repair it, the 
flowers shriveled in the harsh sun, and the dirt cracked and buckled 
until it looked like a concrete-colored road map. The garden spot that 
had once been a fragrant oasis of jasmine and lavender lay in 
ruins--hard, unproductive, fallow. 
  That summer, the death of my baby son, Timmy, began the Great 
Depression in my heart. I stopped caring about my garden and my life. I 
gave in to the darkest parts of myself and wallowed, for months, in 
sorrow, anger, and self-pity. I pulled away from the love of my family 
and the shelter of the Lord, and I lay in ruins--hard, unproductive, 
  Then a friend gave me a card with the words of Hosea 10:12 
written on it, and I made a tearful and painful decision to break up the 
hard places in my heart, places labeled and burdened with bitterness, 
anger, envy, and unforgiveness. I surrendered my rubble and ruin to 
God, and he rained his loving righteousness on me. As I began to 
reconnect with my friends and family, my garden and my life began to bloom 
  Nancy C. Anderson is a speaker and the author of Women--Living 
a Life of Purpose . . . God's Way. [The One Year Bible Live Verse 
Devotional re v. 12] 


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