God’s Farmwork 

April 6, 2024 Devotional by Rose-Marie Slosek


“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.” (Hosea 10:12)

There are things that we must do to seek the Lord, and there are things that only God can do for us. These two sides work together in harmony. Our spiritual lives are like a field in which a farmer sows seeds so that he may reap a harvest. God wants to reap a harvest from the field of our life. How will this occur? 

We will want to sow the seeds of righteous works so that we will not harvest the fruit of the flesh. How? By listening to God and only doing what He directs us to. These may be simple tasks done with an obedient heart. If we plant spoiled things, unholy things, in the ground of our life, we cannot expect a good harvest to grow. Unrighteous acts can actually pollute the ground of our lives. In one sense only Christ can impute righteousness to us, but in another sense, we are responsible for making right choices. 

We should not only sow good things; we need to reap mercifully. Do not take from another what they have need of. Don’t gather in such a way that causes others to have less. In Israel the edges of the field were supposed to be left for the poor to glean from. Be merciful. Leave margins of mercy for others, for you will also need their mercy at some point.  Love your neighbor as yourself. 

Break up your fallow ground. There are times when our lives are dormant. There are times when nothing is growing in our field. Perhaps we have gone through a stormy season and need rest. When we have rested the ground of our heart, it needs to be made ready for new growth. The soil needs to be broken up and overturned so that the new seed will not be wasted on hard soil where it will not grow. We prepare our hearts, God plants the seed, and the condition of the ground will determine how much of a crop will be produced.

It’s time to seek the Lord. It’s time to pray and turn our faces up to God, waiting for the rains of heaven to fall upon us. He rains right standing with Himself upon us. He rains refreshment and glory upon us. He rains all that is good down upon us as we seek Him and prepare to return to Him a crop 10-fold, 50-fold, or 100-fold.  He wants us to bear fruit for Him in the land of the living. 

Maranatha.

Rose-Marie Slosek came to know the Lord in the early nineteen seventies and has a passion for organic church and the maturing of the Body of Christ. She loves to connect people and build healthy community in small groups. She travels widely and assists several mission teams. Rose-Marie also serves Women of the Word on their Board of Directors. She can be reached at email 
rmslosek@comcast.net