The danger for every Christian is letting their hearts grow cold and hard due to sin. When that happens, they become insensitive and uncaring. Only a reversal of their heart, led by the Holy Spirit, will bring about change. When it happens, it’s like we are reaping kindness when you don’t deserve it. That is what God is telling Israel He will do.
“Sow with a view to righteousness, Reap in accordance with kindness; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD Until He comes to rain righteousness on you.”
At the Last Possible Moment
Hosea keeps the theme of sowing and reaping by telling the people to sow righteousness, and you will reap kindness. Another translation says mercy. Israel had been sowing sin, and they were about to reap judgment, but even at the last moment, God was telling them if they sowed doing the right thing, He would extend mercy to them. What a gracious God! Who would overlook generations of sinfulness and extend mercy? The only one would be the God we serve.
How do you sow righteousness? You start by breaking up the fallow ground. Fallow ground is soil that has been abandon by the farmer and is lying dormant. It has become hard and needs someone to come and till it to make it fertile once again. That is the picture of your heart after a long period of sin. You break that soil up by repenting and turning away from the sins you have been committing. Then you begin to seek the Lord, and it says that God will rain His righteousness on you.
Reaping Kindness When You Don’t Deserve It
Is it time for you to make some changes in your life? Has sin set in and made it difficult for you to move forward in your daily walk with Jesus? Ask Jesus to forgive you and turn away from those sins. Let the grace and mercy flood your heart and renew your spirit. When you do, you will sense your heart being free from the bondage of sin.