As my birthday was around the corner, since last week I had been praying Saul’s prayer. (Read my previous blog to know what is Saul’s prayer; follow the link in the end) Every year I used to look to God for a promise to hold on. But this year I decided to ask God to give me a commandment that should follow for the rest of my life. Last Sunday while the pastor was preaching the verse in Hosea 10:12 caught my attention.
Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you. Hosea 10:12
I prayed to God to show me what was His will for me. I prayed that He may speak to me clearly and give me the way forward. Here is an account of what God showed me.
Command 1: Sow for yourselves righteousness
Direct each of your acts and test if it is righteous. Apply the test of righteousness to even the smallest of the deed. When your start to compare your actions with God’s righteousness, then automatically your standard of living will increase. When we apply this test to each act, your entire live will be raised and you will sow righteousness. In Proverbs 11:18, we read that he who sows righteousness is sure to receive a reward.
Command 2: Reap steadfast love
Righteousness is linked to a reward so let us not claim the reward as a right, but reap it in accordance to the love of Christ. We should never feel that the harvest is an outfall of your righteousness but purely by the grace of God, because it is God who will increase the harvest of your righteousness. ( II Corinthians 9:10) So let us learn to correlate each blessing with the grace and love of Christ instead of our righteousness.
Command 3: Break up your fallow ground
Though parts of our life is open to God’s teaching, there could be areas that we have locked from God’s access. Such parts can remain like an uncultivated land. Let us look within to identify such parts of our life and open them to God. The fallow parts of our lives have to be uncovered to receive the word of God. So let us til our fallow grounds and prepare them.
Command 4: Seek the Lord
Even in those fallow parts of our life, we should seek God. We may retain few actions that we control instead of giving God the complete control. In such areas let us seek the Lord and follow God’s ways.
End result: Lord will come and rain righteousness upon me
When we follow the above mentioned four commands, Lord will enter our lives and command the rain of righteousness. In Proverbs 29:2, we read that when the righteous increase the people will rejoice. Be assured of the rain when there are righteous people around.
Readers you can make a decision like me to follow all these four commands in your life and enjoy the end result. Hope this blog based on my birthday lesson was useful. Blessed day!!
Saul’s prayer link: https://aide4hope.wordpress.com/2017/11/23/sauls-prayer/