12 Sow righteousness for yourselves,
reap the fruit of unfailing love,
and break up your fallow ground;
for it is time to seek the Lord,
until he comes
and showers his righteousness on you. (Hosea 10:12 NIV)
Break up your fallow ground. The NIV actually translates this to “unplowed” but I prefer the oft translated term “fallow” ground. Fallow referees not only to unplowed ground but ground that has not been cleared of overgrowth, thorns and weeds. When we look closely at our lives we often find them overgrown. We have allowed weeds and thorns to grow, choking out the good fruit we were meant to produce.
Like a garden, our lives need close inspection and clearing. We must continually keep at the weeds and thorns that threaten to grow in our rich and fertile soil. We cannot allow our soil to become hard and unworkable.
Have you looked recently at your fallow ground?