Jeremiah 3:3 For thus saith the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.
There is great power in the Word of God. The Bible says of itself:
- For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as to divide soul, spirit, joints, and marrow; it is a judge of the ideas and thoughts of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 CSB)
- All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
God’s Word has the power to completely transform our lives. Yet in order for it to do so, there must first be a preparation of the heart. Jeremiah told the people of Israel to – “plow up the hardened ground of their hearts and sow not among the thorns.” Consider this parable that Jesus once told.
Matthew 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. 9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
The seed represents God’s Word. The soil represents the human heart. We must note that although the same seed was sown in each of the four soils – the four results were different. What the seed was able to produce was dependent upon the condition of the soil and its ability to receive the seed. Seed that was sown on hard ground laid there until it was eventually eaten by the birds. Seed sown in rocky ground eventually died away because it had no depth of root. Seed sown among the thorns was choked out and became fruitless. But seed sown into fertile ground took root and produced an abundance of fruit.
God wanted to do a great thing among His people, yet before He could do so they would have to prepare their hearts. “Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.” Hearts that remained hard would not receive God’s truth. Secret sins that were allowed to continue would eventually choke out the fruit of righteousness.
I pray that each of us will prepare our hearts this day to know God and to pay careful attention to all that He has to say.