“Sow for yourselves according to righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God); reap according to mercy and loving-kindness. Break up your uncultivated ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, to inquire for and of Him, and to require His favor, till He comes and teaches you righteousness and rains His righteous gift of salvation upon you.” -Hosea 10:12 (AMP)
We have to do the same things with our hearts. Just imagine a tiller digging up hard dirt to make it soft. (YouTube this if you need to- the illustration really hits home). How much work needs to be done to break up my own heart to where it’s acceptable for nourishment?
The Lord promises that once our fallow ground has been broken up that He will send down the rain! His righteous rain with the right nutrients and moisture that will seep through the newly soft ground.
What do we reap from this? Steadfast love. Love that goes on and on and on and on and is never in short supply.
"And there I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth, as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt." -Hosea 2:15 (ESV)
Finding a door a of hope in a valley of trouble reminded me of this scene in the Beetlejuice movie. Satan is like that giant sand worm just swirming around us waiting to swallow us whole. And out of what seems impossible and unrealistic or even unfathomable there is a door. A door of hope. 🙌🏻.