Daily Bible CoverSow there's this story you've probably heard... I was walking around downtown the other day and I saw two guys with shovels. The first guy digs a big hole right by the road while the second guy just stands there. After the guy finishes the hole his buddy fills it back up with dirt directly behind him. Then the first guy goes about ten feet forward, digs another hole while his buddy follows and fills it back up behind him. They repeat this same process for a couple blocks. Finally they finish and by that time they had drawn a confused, perplexed crowd of people who were all wanting to know what was goin' on. Finally I spoke up and asked them, "How come you guys are diggin' holes only to fill them back up with dirt?" They smiled and said, "Well normally we are a three man team, but our second guy who plants the trees called in sick".Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12 We see in the book of Hosea that there is an intense passion in the heart of God for His people to return to Him. It's the same Father we see in Luke 15 with the lost son. He's the one who is anxiously looking onto the hills to see if His son will return and at a glimpse of His son He drops everything and runs to Him. This is the father's heart for Israel and it's the father's heart for us. He hasn't changed. God calls out through Hosea for His people to seek Him, to break up the unplowed ground and receive his unfailing love. He desires so much to shower his righteousness on them, that they would be immersed in the righteousness of God as his sons and daughters. There is a breaking of the ground that must take place in our lives. If ground has become neglected or hardened it's soil will never be able to receive seed. It's that returning, that humbling of self, that turning from rebellion and selfishness. It's that surrender to allow the hand of God to start a new work in us. Notice how this is not a one time event with farmers. This is revisited season after season so that the ground is continually producing a harvest. God makes a call not only to break up the ground but to sow righteousness. This obviously means to plant as a seed or to invest or devote. To devote ourselves to doing He's does, to embrace the things He embraces and pursue the things He has for us in His hand. Sowing is the opposite of reaping. You don't see any progress when you sow. You don't see any change. You don't eat any fruit. You don't rest under any of it's shade. It often seems like it's all for nothing. You end your day looking at a bunch of dirt and wondering what's going on under the surface. But none of it is ever in vain for our God is faithful and He showers on us his love and righteousness! Let us not become weary of doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always. Hosea 12:6 Repentance without a forward motion into His righteousness is like digging a hole only to cover it back up again without a seed. It often leaves us unchanged. God has come that we may experience the fruit of His unfailing love and the joy that comes in the showers of His righteousness. Let us return our gaze and affection to Him today, Let us seek him and wait, and continue to walk in his ways because of His great love for us. May He continue to shower us with His glorious riches, that we would be His people and that He would be our God! Amen