Time to Seek the Lord

 “Break up your unplowed ground;
for it is time to seek the LORD,
until he comes and showers righteousness on you.”
Hosea 10:12:


What does the phrase “unplowed ground” bring to your mind? I think of missed opportunities to strengthen my relationship with the Lord, of times when I could have stood up for what was right and witnessed to others but didn’t, and how I haven’t experienced the depth of God’s presence and power in my life that I could. I also think of times when I felt closer to the Lord. Perhaps you feel the same way.

We cannot be stuck in the past with guilt and shame over what we haven’t done, have missed, or how we’ve become lukewarm or hardened. That wouldn’t help.

However, we can tell God we are sorry for “the unplowed ground” in our lives, accept his forgiveness and then with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength seek the Lord. Remember he promises to shower righteousness on us.

A former neighbor of mine used to get so excited about the Redskins’ football games that I could hear him screaming and cheering through the walls. No matter what his circumstances were, he never missed a game. Everyone knew he loved the Redskins. What would happen if each of us got that enthusiastic about breaking up “the unplowed ground” in our lives and seeking the Lord? Imagine the personal and church-wide revival that could take place.

Let’s take time this week to read God’s Word daily, to sit still and listen for his gentle whisper, and to allow him to transform in our lives.

Dear God, help me break up “the unplowed ground” in my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Application: What will I do today to seek the Lord?

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Yvonne is a Speaker, Author, Counselor, Cancer Survivor and
serves on the Board of Directors of Christians in Recovery.

She is the author of Finding Hope for Your Journey through Breast Cancer.

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