Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the LORD, till He comes and rains righteousness on you.

I have been recovering from nasal surgery I had on Tuesday and I wanted to briefly relate my thoughts on the end of Hosea 10:12.

For it is time to seek the LORD.  We are to seek the Lord now, today (Hebrews 1:5; 3:7, 13, 15; and 4:17).  Time is slipping away to have an impact for the kingdom and there is no time to dely.  Now is time to work and cultivate your fields by inviting in The Plow.  We must be diligent in seeking His will, until it becomes clear to us and is line with Scripture.  But what is clear in the Great Commission is the command to make disciples.  Seek Him with your broken heart prepared by The Plow to receive His direction by the Holy Spirit that empowers and guides us to all truth.  We seek Him till He comes and what we then will find is true righteousness, righteousness imparted so we can serve the King in living for the Kingdom.

Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.  In the Hosea passage this line is primarily in reference to the prophetic will of God in sending the Son down to earth from heaven, because Jesus is our righteousness (Psalm 72:6-7; Isaiah 45:8; Romans 3:21-23; Romans 4:20-25; Romans 6:13-20; Romans 8:10; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21; and Philippians 3:9).  Jesus was sent to teach us all things (John 3:2; John 4:25; Isaiah 2:3; and Isaiah 55:4) as part of this blessing from above so we will be adequately trained to make disciples and to teach others to obey all that He taught.

In another sense this line tells us it is important to understand that the farmer may cultivate the field but it is God who sends the rain.  Isaiah 44:3 says, “For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring.”   As a true son of Abraham (Romans 4 and Galatians 4) we can stand on this promise.  God will send His rain upon a field that is broken and has received the seed of His righteousness.

The Preacher’s Commentary has this to say concerning the choice to live the life after The Plow:

“The Christian life is one of struggle, strain, and stress until we accept our calling to servant-hood as to the key to experiencing authentic power.  We will be troubled by the lust for power and the lack of power until we do.  And what is worse – until we understand the vital link between servant-hood and power, we will limp on in our inadequate facsimiles of power.”