Hosea 10: 12 Sow for yourselves righteousness;
    reap steadfast love;
    break up your fallow ground;
for it is time to seek the Lord,
    that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.

Hosea brought warnings of judgement to Israel for buying into the idolatry of Assyria, the dominant civilization over Israel. All God asks of the nation in this passage is 1. that they try to recover some of what is good and right in their relationship to God and one another. And as they (if they) do that, they will be blest with God’s overwhelming love way beyond anything they deserve for their feeble efforts – God just wants some signs of them taking the relationship with Him seriously. 2. The second thing God asks of them is that they identify the fallow ground in the “field” that is their life, breaking up the hard godless places in it that God might rain down on them the harvest of righteousness they are themselves incapable of on their own. For us, the message is that as we seek God, godly ways and walk in gratitude for the relationship of grace we’ve received, God’s holy spirit works in and through us with a power of love beyond anything we can generate on our own.  Where or what may you or I have some fallow ground – reflect, pray and ask God to break it up, and rain godly righteousness onto/into it.  Pastor Bill

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