Sow for yourselves righteousness;
Reap in mercy;
Break up your fallow ground,
For it is time to seek the LORD,
Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.
I scatter myself like seeds. If my actions and deeds are negative, I can bring down others who see me in such darkness. If my actions are positive and Christlike, I can be a blessing to those who are touched by me. They will see the light of Christ in me. So I must sow seeds for myself, building me up rather than down. I am to be mindful of what goes in so that what comes out is Christlike. In today’s world, that takes careful thought and much prayer. Faith and trust in the LORD keeps me on His path for me. I am to walk carefully and be mindful of all that I see and hear and do and say. I am to walk with tenderly and with calm and quiet anticipation. Kindness and forgiveness bring mercy upon myself, but if I am vengeful, angry, or critical I reap strife.
Fallow ground is uncultivated and can become hard and compact if left for an extended period of time without use. It produces weeds and thorns. Fallow ground can be compared to having a hardened heart toward God. If my heart becomes hardened, God’s Word cannot take root, nor can anything good grow in it. I cannot see those around me in need of help or in need of a word of encouragement or in need of a touch of kindness from me. When I recognize this condition of my heart and want to change, God will help me break up this hardened, unplowed heart. I will seek Him, will read His Word, and be obedient to Him. I want a softened, pliable heart. I want the holiness of the LORD to take root in my heart, in this cultivated soil. The Holy Spirit can come to live in me.
I am to keep on seeking the LORD until He returns, raining, showering, pouring His righteousness upon me.
O LORD Most High, use your Holy Spirit to cleanse and purify me, cultivating my heart so that it is soft and receptive to your will. I pray that the compassions of this heart of mine be the very touchstone of You, Father, to be Your compassions for those in need. May I see that one who needs a gentle hug or a smile along the way. May I recognize that one who needs a meal or a word from You through me. May I be ready for Your still, small voice to speak to me at any given moment. May I be humble to make myself ready for Your will. Make my heart a holy place for your Spirit to live. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.