"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?...Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly;" 2 Cor 9:24-26

Lessons Learned while Digging a Hole in Texas

Posted by Emma on July 19, 2011 | Filed under: Analogies,Christianity,Repentance

“Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.” Hosea 10:12

This verse came to mind yesterday while I was digging a hole. I was digging a hole in the middle of Texas, which is under a draught. The ground here is what I would call fallow, and it is hard. As I was digging this verse came to mind. Digging the hole was hard work. Breaking up fallow ground can also be hard work.

The spot chosen to dig the hole looked easy from the top. The ground, although dry, was not hard. It was more crumbly. Our lives can be the same way. As we start letting God work in our lives and dealing with sin, it can look relatively easy, at first. The deeper we go, the harder it gets. After digging down a few inches the ground got really hard. After dealing with the first layer of things in our lives, it gets really hard. If we want results we have to keep going when it gets hard. I was sweating and had to put my whole weight on the shovel to get it to go through the ground, in the same way we have to work out and put our whole into breaking up the fallow ground of our lives and conquering sins.

Eventually, if we keep at it and do not give in, we will see results and have soft ground that can be planted with righteousness and reap mercy. We must seek God as we break up our fallow ground. The work starts as we recognize the need and repent of sin, then God has to take over and help us see where we have fallow ground, or sins, that need broken up. As we seek Him with a soft heart, He will come and rain righteousness on us. This is a wonderful thing. It is as wonderful as when rain comes and falls on draught stricken land.

Break up your fallow ground. Do not give up when it gets hard. Seek God and let Him rain righteousness on you.