Break Up Your Fallow Ground

What a year this one has been! Three more days and 2020 will be over. How have we spent the last couple of days, weeks, and months of this year? What do our plans for 2021 look like?

For thus says the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem:
“Break up your fallow ground,
And do not sow among thorns.”

Jeremiah 4:3

LORD Jesus, we praise You that You are above all. You were in control in 2020, and You will remain on the throne throughout 2021 and forevermore. Help us to stay focused on You and to trust and obey Your Word. Draw near to us as we seek You early each day. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

Looking back, reviewing the past couple of months of 2020, many of us have faced similar fears and hardships. Yes, 2020 has brought many challenges into our lives. All of us, at one point or another, struggled to press on in life. And now that we have come to the end of the year we are more or less glad that this one is dealt with.

We are at a crossroad, in transition from 2020 to 2021, and so it is high time to do a faith reality check. How much have we neglected to look after our own spiritual well-being in 2020, in 2019, in 2018, and in all the years before? Has the ground of our hearts begun to harden? Is there a bitter root that needs to be pulled out? Are we in the process of drying up and without living water running through and out of us? Isn’t it time to sow some seeds again?

For fruit to come forth seeds must be planted. Before the ground is useful for sowing, however, the hard work of plowing needs to take place. First the weeds will have to go!

Let’s break up the fallow ground and do a faith check. Have the cares of this world taken over our lives? Or do things and money deceive us and choke the Word of God?

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.

Hosea 10:12

In 2021 make the reading of the Word of God your first priority.

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