by David and Stephen Olford
Text: "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" (Hos. 10:12).
Thought: The text calls believers to seek the Lord in preparation for the rain of righteousness over them. But what does seeking the Lord involve?
Seeking the Lord Involves a New Reformation of Life. "Break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord" (v. 12a). Hosea's words describe a wretched moral state. The expression "fallow ground" signifies, first of all, the unattractiveness of a life out of touch with God. In every life is either an expanse of gray earth or a field of weeds, thistles, and thorns. What a contrast to the Garden of Eden which God expects in each one of our hearts and lives! Second, the fallow ground depicts a life of unfruitfulness. On such fallow ground the rain, dew and sunshine fall, but in vain. Is that how God sees your heart and mine? Such a moral condition calls for a reformation that involves the plowing and breaking up of the soil in preparation for sowing and reaping.
Seeking the Lord Involves a New Application of Truth. "Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy" (v. 12b). Whether we like it or not, we are all sowers of seed. Bad men, defective Christians, the lazy and prayerless, are all sowers of seed: and whatever we sow, that shall we also reap. Now, says the prophet, "sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy." Apply the truth of the Word and reap the promised harvest of mercy!
Seeking the Lord Involves the Expectation of Faith. "It is time to seek the Lord, till He come and rain righteousness upon you" (v. 12c). The word "seek" literally means "seek diligently" or "seek without leaving off or desisting." Wherever hearts long after God, the promise is that He will rain righteousness from heaven upon them. The rain of righteousness is nothing less that spiritual revival!
Today's Thought: "It is time to seek the Lord."
Thrust: Seek the Lord and stop at nothing less than an outpouring of the Holy Spirit from heaven.