“This is what the Lord says to the people of Judah and Jerusalem: “Plow up the hard ground of your hearts! Do not waste your good seed among thorns.”
Jeremiah 4:3 NLT
There is this notion in the streets that when you make a lot of money in the streets you are “raking in the cash.” The idea is that the harder you work or hustle the more cash you rake in.
In the sprit realm there has to be a breaking before the raking. It is God who gives the ability to get wealth. The first thing God has to do is to break up our hard hearts. God gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater. He will not continue to give seed to hard-hearted people.
God warns Jerusalem and Judah about how they have turned their hearts away from him and worshipped other idols. We have made idols out of material consumption. We have also made idols out of our flag!
I was at an NFL game in Baltimore. The announcer said, “Join the players as they pray for equality and justice for all under God.” When they took a knee to pray the majority of the stadium booed. At that moment they chose flag over God.
When our hearts become hardened we don’t even realize that we are booing God in choosing material things over right relationship with God and one another.
- We must break up our hard hearts. You have to have a hard heart when you see people dying in Puerto Rico and you refuse to send more resources and instead talk about what they owe you. Our president unfortunately reflects the current condition of our corporate hearts. We’ve become so self-absorbed that we are comfortable watching people die. Proverbs 3:27 says, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.”
- Plow up the hard ground of your hearts. When we realize the errors of our ways we have to make some changes. We first have to repent – that is change the way we do things because we realize we haven’t been doing it God’s way. We then have to show the fruits of repentance.
- Stop sowing seed in thorny ground. When God gives us seed to sow we have to find good ground. Thorny ground represents the worries of this world. We are caught up into worrying what we are going to wear and what we are going to eat. When we are caught up worrying about the wrong things we sow into the wrong areas. We should sow where our hearts that have been softened by God, leads us to sow. Wherever there is a need God wants to meet, that is where you should sow. Sow your seeds to needs first and wants last. Help Puerto Rico before you go play golf! Set aside your tithe before you go to the club. Invest in your child’s college before you buy those Jordans. Get you some groceries before you get that outfit.
There has to be some breaking before the raking. Ask God to show you where your heart has become hardened and where you might be wasting your seed. Seedtime comes before harvest time but your heart has to be right before anything can grow.
Search my heart. If you find anything that is blocking my financial blessing please break it up. Forgive me for being greedy when I saw others who were needy. Don’t let me waste my seed on pleasure when my purpose demands my seed. Thank you for supplying all my needs according to your riches in glory.
In Jesus’ Name,