"So," they say, "nobody's perfect!"
But the Vinedresser won't buy that.
Given the opportunity, He will trim the unproductive suckers and shape the branches so each one will bask in Sonlight.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Another Gift From Hosea Chapter 10

12 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.
        This is as valid today as when God preached it through Hosea His prophet. First the instruction to sow righteousness, then the description of its harvest.
        Second, He instructed His people on how to accomplish that: "Break up your fallow ground," which is to accept correction so we might receive His seed of righteousness. "For it is time to seek the Lord" for help in repenting of our old ways, as true repentance is impossible without His Holy Spirit enabling it. Only then, "He may come and rain righteousness upon" us.
        The verse began with His command to "sow for yourselves righteousness," and ended by saying "He may come and rain righteousness upon you." This "sandwiches" God's command with, first, our fallen perspective, and second, God's sanctified perspective. In the end, only His righteousness will germinate, sprout, and grow into a productive vine that bears fruit to glorify Himself.

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