"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."
“Break up your fallow ground:”
When the ground is “fallow,” it hasn’t been planted in some time. The soil is hard and packed down, not at all the right place for seed. Before planting the ground needs to be broken up, and the soil prepped for planting. Remember the parable of the sower, the seed couldn’t penetrate the hard ground. The hard-packed soil needs to be worked. And just like the soil, this can happen to our hearts when we aren’t right with God. Our hearts grow hardened, and God’s Word has a hard time getting in, as it did before. We need to break up that ground so the Word can do its work in us.
How do we “break up the fallow ground?” Keep reading.
“For it is time to seek the LORD,”
Here’s the answer! As we seek the LORD, we break up the hard ground, for when we are genuinely seeking Him, we stop replacing Him with other things. Nothing in this world can take the LORD’s place ruling your life. And surely, we cannot take His place on the throne either. Seeking breaks up the ground for the seed of the Word.
Did you notice the words, “for it is time?” Now is the right time to get your heart right with the LORD. Don’t wait, start sowing righteous seed now!
How long do we need to sow “righteousness?”
“Till he come and rain righteousness upon you.”
Simply put we sow righteousness, and sow righteousness, and sow righteousness…
“To ‘rain righteousness’ is the same image as Solomon uses of Christ; ‘He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass, as showers that water the earth,’” (Psalm 72:6).
“Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it,” (Isaiah 45:8).
We need to be in the habit of “sowing righteousness” until we see Him face to face.