“Sow with a view to righteousness, reap in accordance with kindness;
break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the LORD until
He comes to rain righteousness on you.”
Hosea 10:12 NASB
Hosea ministered in the northern Hebrew kingdom, focusing on the spiritual corruption of the time. He, along with Amos and Jonah called on Israel to repent and turn to God in the hope that God might relent and withhold punishment. 1
In our focus verse, Hosea instructed them to turn away from wickedness, (Sow with a view to righteousness,) to receive God’s love (reap in accordance with kindness ;) to soften their hearts (break up your fallow ground,)
He then stated a very important reason for the change they needed to make—(for it is time to seek the LORD.) Hosea didn’t mean for this to be something done just once but repeatedly, as they needed to. (until He comes to rain righteousness on you.)
We are sometimes like the people of the northern kingdom. When we see something wrong in another person’s life, we think we are all right because we “don’t do that.” Our only remedy for our short sidedness is to search our hearts and ask God to help us as we look for qualities that we have that cause us to be less than what God wants us to be.
Also, Karen Lange has a new feature on her blog Write Now. She calls it "Meet the Blogger". She has chosen to feature me on this edition.