Turning Over the Soil

Break up your fallow ground,
    and sow not among thorns.
Circumcise yourselves to the Lord;
    remove the foreskin of your hearts,
    O men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem;
lest my wrath go forth like fire,
    and burn with none to quench it,
    because of the evil of your deeds.
Jeremiah 4:3b-4

Have you experienced a dry spell in your relationship with the Lord lately? Do you feel far from Him? Do you know why?

Could it be that your heart is hard toward the Lord? Have you closed off the deep regions of your heart to Him?

I have experienced several seasons of drought in my relationship with the Lord. I wish I could say that my passion has never waned, but it has. Praise the Lord that He recognizes my weakness and extends grace to me.

Looking back on those times of distance, I notice a common thread: unconfessed sin. I began to form a wall or barrier between myself and the Lord because I didn't want to acknowledge or deal with my sin before Him.

In some ways, it was easier to scrape through my days with that gap between me and my Lord because I didn't have to repent of my choices. In the end, though, I always suffered. Recalling those periods, I realize I was suffocating inside because I had cut off my opening to the source of Life.

How could I compromise my Life for some short-lived satisfaction, or at least short-lived escape of pain or consequences?

Once again, we are left with a choice.

We can choose the immediate pleasure of laziness, letting our garden run amok, only to watch it die as the hardened soil eventually chokes it.

Or

We can choose the immediate pain of breaking up the soil, turning it over to expose the raw, untouched parts of our hearts to the Sun, and watch our garden grow healthy as it receives Life.

We cannot become hardened or desensitized to our sin. We must keep looking to the Holy Spirit to convict us, comfort us, and renew us. Day by day, we will see that "He who promised is faithful" (Hebrews 10:23), and that we will be "conformed to the image of His Son" (Romans 8:29). Praise God for this promise!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.

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