Hosea 10:12 “Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.”
Break up your fallow ground.
This portion of that verse has been resonating with me for a few weeks now. Broken ground usually means that someone has given it attention in order to grow something. Breaking the ground is not easy, especially where I’m from. The Texas Panhandle is dry. We are known for being super dry, windy, not very pretty land. The ground is hard to till. It isn’t always fertile ground, good for planting unless one tends to it and does the hard work of breaking it.
This concept of brokenness is not new to most of us. I’m certain that we have all walked through various seasons in our life that have left us broken and the first thing we did was ask “why me?”. Why does this hurt? Why can’t their be another way? Why now? Why ever? Or possibly, why not me? Why not now? Why can’t I have what they have? Brokenness is something that the enemy likes to use to get and keep us down. Satan intends for us to sit in our brokenness and let it keep us from God’s will for our lives.
Why is brokenness such a necessary and beautiful part of this life? Growth. Brokenness is always associated with growth, even healing.
After my son died, I read a wonderful book and in it was mention of an exercise to help with anger during grief. You were to take a piece of pottery or something similar and break it in a moment when your grief was extremely difficult. Then, at a later point in time, when you feel the time is right, you may sit and glue the piece back together. Would it look the same? No, of course not, but it would represent that brokenness does not destroy us, but it certainly changes us.
Going back to growth, broken ground is not a new concept to scripture. In the gospels you can repeatedly read the Parable of the Sower. The seed is scattered, but no return until it lands on the “good soil”. What is Christ wanting to grow in your life and it will not happen because the soil of your heart is hard?
This season in life, for me, has been quite introspective and challenging. I am 6 months in to a new role at work and it has been one of the most stretching times of my life outside of motherhood and grief. Being a worship pastor is something that I know God has called me to and in that, he is demanding my attention to being refined, stretched, formed into what he wants me to be; broken and transparent. When we become honest with God, ourselves and those who surround us in our life, we begin the process of creating good soil in our souls. Soil that can receive all God has for it. I have found that the more I press in to His word, His presence and prayer, growth happens in places I did not know I even needed it.
Notice that the lines before and after “Break up your fallow ground” discuss sowing righteousness, reaping steadfast love and seeking the Lord. Living a life of brokenness begins with sowing righteousness. What does that mean? It means intentionally living how God calls us to, obeying his statutes, diving into his word, asking God to speak to our hearts. Reaping steadfast love is when we sow righteousness and see God’s steadfast love in all things. He is steadfast, true and his character is consistent. SO, even when it FEELS like he is breaking you and it hurts beyond belief, you don’t understand it and you beg him to lay off, remember that when you allow him to break you, it will hurt, it will not always be easy, but it will always be WORTH it. What comes out of the broken places will be new growth. Let him love you in the hard places, let him stretch you and see what he wants to produce in your life that could not come any other way.
See the last line, “that he may come and rain righteousness upon you”. Seems redundant to sow righteousness and then he rains righteousness on you as well? Perhaps, at first, but when you study the difference between the different usage of the word righteousness here he is saying that he will shower you with his blessings, his will, his plan, his purpose.
Sow into him, reap his faithfulness, be broken and ready to grow, then let the rains of his blessings shower over your brokenness to see all God wants to produce in your life!!!!
Be encouraged and inspired by this truth! He sees you and wants more for you than you can imagine. He has plans for your brokenness that only he can fulfill. Dive into all He has for you and know that even in the darkest of times, the most broken of times have incredible purpose and will provide exponential growth in your life if you allow them to! Trust the master. He loves you so.
Along for the ride with you,