Devotional: ‘Sowing and Reaping

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‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.’ (Hosea 10:12 NLT)

God often takes the blame for things that are not His fault. Though He is all-powerful and may do whatever He desires, much of what He does is His response to our actions. The Bible says – ‘…for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.’ (Gal 6:7 NKJV)

The book of Hosea was written to the Jews during a time of rebellion. God had repeatedly warned them to turn from their sin, yet they refused. One commentary describes the times as – ‘the last few swirls as the kingdom of Israel goes down the drain.’ Yet, as the Open Study Bible describes this situation -’The book of Hosea represents God’s last gracious effort to plug the drain.’

Like many of the other Old Testament prophets, Hosea has been sent to plead with the people to turn back to God. Even in the verses we read today, God is promising them that if they will begin to plant the good seeds of righteousness, they will reap a harvest of His love. That is true not only for Israel, but for each of us. Paul’s words in Galatians 6 can be viewed in a positive light as well as a negative light.

If we sow bad seeds, we will reap a bad harvest.

If we sow good seeds, we will reap a good harvest.

The nation Israel needed revival, yet for revival to come, they needed to ‘plow up the hard ground of their hearts.’ Even the best of seed will produce little results if the ground is too hard to receive it. Every time you and I come to the Word of God, we should do so with an attitude of humility and submission. We should pray even as young Samuel did in the temple, ‘Speak Lord, for thy servant is listening.’ If we allow God to sow the good seeds of righteousness in our lives, we will in time harvest a crop of His love.

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