S (Scripture) – Hosea 10:12-13 “Sow with a view to righteousness, reap in accordance with kindness; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the LORD until He comes to rain righteousness on you. You have plowed wickedness, you have reaped injustice, you have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your way, in your numerous warriors, therefore a tumult will arise among your people, and all your fortresses will be destroyed, as Shalman destroyed Beth-arbel on the day of battle, when mothers were dashed in pieces with their children. Thus it will be done to you at Bethel because of your great wickedness. At dawn the king of Israel will be completely cut off.”
O (Observation) – When farmland would lie fallow, it was taking a break from its purpose of housing crops. Thorns and thistles would overgrow the top of the soil, and if a farmer attempted to sow seed on the soil in this condition, the crop would not be very productive. The farmer needed to break up the fallow ground, till the soil, rid it of thorns, weeds, and anything else that would prevent the soil from successfully accomplishing its purpose. Likewise, the children of Israel needed to break up the fallow ground of their hearts and rid themselves of evil influences in order to be prepared for what God was about to do, and so they could accomplish His purposes for them. Up to this point, they had trusted in their own way, turned from Him to follow their own plans, and trust in their armies and fortresses. The result was a tumult among the people – which means confusion and disorder. The LORD is a God of order – authority, covering, blessing, and moving the kingdom forward in a way that He shows us. Whenever we decide we know better and do things apart from Him, the result is always going to be chaos.
A (Application) – We need to examine our hearts often in order to determine if they are becoming fallow ground. What evil influences do we need to rid ourselves of, and what bitterness or resentment has a hold of us that needs to be plowed up and softened? God cannot successfully accomplish His purposes for our lives if our hearts are not prepared to receive His rain of righteousness. What else are we trusting in besides the Lord for our protection, guidance, provision, and future? Are we allowing worry to dominate our thinking? Are we allowing anxiety to reign in our minds? Are we arguing with God about what He says is true? Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”
P (Prayer) – Heavenly Father, search our hearts. Examine our thoughts. Bring to our minds anything that is a lie that we have been believing. Replace it with Your truth. We don’t want to live this life with a heart that is not open to receiving from You. We don’t want to miss out on anything that You have for us. If we begin to trust in anything other than You and Your truth, lead us back to Your heart. Thank You for all that You are; there is no one like You.