Hosea 10:12 ” Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until He comes and showers righteousness on you.”

The Corona Virus may have halted a lot, but one thing it couldn’t stop was Spring planting season here in Illinois.  The farmers have been busy preparing their fields to then sow corn and soybeans in neat straight rows for as far as the eye can see.  They couldn’t allow themselves to become complacent and apathetic while they sat in self isolation…not when the soil was telling them, “Now is the time!”  But every farmer knows you can’t plant until you first plow…you can’t sow until you first break up the Winter-hardened soil.  So maybe Spring is telling us all, “Now is the time” we break up our unplowed ground that has sat fallow all these weeks of isolation…and plant some seed for the Lord.

Psalm 37: 18-19 ” The days of the blameless are known to the Lord, and their inheritance will endure forever. In times of disaster they will not wither; in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.”

God knows us better than we know ourselves.  He knows the secrets of my heart,(Psalm 44:21) and the way that I take.(Job 23:10)  There isn’t one detail about us that catches God by surprise.  For every one of our days here on earth are numbered and known by Him intimately. And as we walk in right standing before Him…even if troubles and hardships come…it tells us here,  God will bless the impossible and grant mercy to the hopeless.

Proverbs 10:16 ” The wages of the righteous bring them life, but the income of the wicked brings them punishment.”

When children are little and they disobey out of ignorance…there’s some wiggle room for correction.  Usually, just enlightening them with clear instructions will alleviate further problems.  But when there’s willful disobedience on their part…that’s when a serious discussion of the consequences of their wrongdoing is in order.  Our Heavenly Father desires us to be obedient children…not only because He commands it but for our eternal benefit.  For Proverbs 11:18 says, “He who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.”  When we pursue doing the right thing, we not only receive the gift of salvation, but we are showered with God’s infinite grace and mercy.

Philippians 2:7-8 ” But He made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”

When Jesus came to earth He made the greatest sacrifice of self-abnegation and self-denial possible.  He humbled Himself and renounced His Divinity.  In other words, Jesus went out of Himself in order to enter into fellowship with us.  So why are we so against doing the work to enter into relationship with Him?  We’d like Jesus to just save, change, and sanctify us without  lifting a finger in the process. Or we’d rather bargain with Him first – (“You do this for me  first God, and maybe then I’ll start working on myself.”)  The bottom line is that we also must go out of ourselves in order to enter into a right relationship with God…and waiting around until He does all the work in our lives (that we need to be doing)  will never happen.

Philippians 3:8-9 ” What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ – the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.”

You may think you live a blameless and upright life, but it will never measure up before God.  It’s not until you recognize that you can’t save yourself.  No amount of right living and good deed doing will save your soul from hell.  That’s because the only way to God is through Jesus…the only way to salvation is by believing that Jesus died for your sins…the only way to heaven is by uniting yourself with Jesus by faith.  And this saving faith will never disappoint  as you learn to trust in Him.

Job 25:4 ” How then can a man be righteous before God? How can one born of woman be pure? “

The simple answer to these questions is…we can’t.   In our immoral human state, we are not innocent before God and in right standing with Him, and no matter what we try to “do” to become righteous we will fail,  for all of our good works are like filthy rags in His eyes, (Isaiah 64:6)  The only way we can stand pure before God is to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  Jesus came to seek and save the lost, (that’s us) and to bear on His body our guilt and shame that we may stand before our Heavenly Father sinless and perfect…washed in the blood of Jesus.

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