“I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.’”

Hosea 10:12 NLT

Before my grandfather planted a new crop he had to break the ground up from the previous season. He had to get to the soft side of the earth to plant new seeds.

Like the old garden my grandfather had to break up, so too our hearts need to be broken to remove old roots and stones so our hearts can be soft enough to receive. Jesus told a parable about different soils which represented different hearts. One patch of soil was hardened because people had continuously walked over it making a path. Many of us have hardened hearts because people have walked over our hearts and unforgiveness has made our hearts impenetrable. It’s time to break that up!

  1. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts. My grandfather used a tractor and a plow to break up the ground. God uses situations to break your hearts so they can be softened. Righteousness is what I wanted but brokenness is what I needed. You plow up your hearts by forgiving people who’ve walked on your heart. 
  2. Plant good seeds of righteousness and you will harvest a crop of love. Do the right thing at the right time. Planting seeds is an act of generosity that is continuous. When you put good out good comes back to you. 
  3. After you plow, seek the Lord and he will shower righteousness on you. Seeds can’t grow without water. God is the rain. When we pray God will show up and shower our hearts with right thinking, right living, and right doing.

God we are ready for you to shower down your blessings upon our hearts. Our hearts have been stepped on and unforgiveness has our hearts full of stones. You have our permission to break that stuff up. Life’s too short to be mad and bitter. I want to get better. Shower down your love, grace, forgiveness, and peace. Break all that stuff up!

In Jesus’ Name,