MY UNCLE’S GARDEN

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Hos. 10:12 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.

My uncle used to have a small farm where he grew various fruits and vegetables. As a child, I was amazed at how much food came from his small plot of land. He had field peas, green beans, tomatoes, potatoes, plums, peaches, cantaloupes, watermelons (can’t forget those); the list goes on and on. Those were the sweetest watermelons I have ever eaten.
The point is this, we live in a fruitful world created by a fruitful God. The seedtime and harvest is intended to be a picture of the abundant provision the Lord has put in this world for all of us. Here are some powerful thoughts from Adam Clarke on today’s verse.

“Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy – Literally, ” in the proportion of mercy,” not in proportion to what you have sown, nor what justice would give, but beyond all deserts, ” in the proportion of mercy; according to the capacity and fullness of the mercy of God; what becometh the mercy of God, which is boundless, which overlooketh man’ s failings, and giveth an infinite reward for poor imperfect labor. If the earth giveth thee larger fruits than it has received, how much more shall the requiting of mercy repay thee manifold more than thou gavest!” Sowing and reaping always stand over against each other, as labor and reward.”

Thinking about that one little piece of land speaks volumes about the fruitfulness of our God. His supply in the physical world only speaks of the other world that is all around us. The spiritual world is the one where our Lord lives. That is the place our hearts long for. There is another abundant supply available for us in that invisible world.The supply of the Spirit to our hungry hearts will come with no limitations. Just as my uncle tended to that little plot of land, we must tend to the spiritual garden of our heart. How do we tend our garden? Plow the ground with prayer, plant the seeds of God’s word. As we do these things, we will be amazed at His abundant harvest in our souls. “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.”

One Reply to “MY UNCLE’S GARDEN”

  1. I have a story of a CrAzY uncle of mine that might just fit this blog. Y’all can let me know.
    One day as My CrAzY uncle drove home he “sowed in righteousness” on multiple accounts. He gave a ride to a stranger in need and upon prompting from God he gave to this man his last morsel of food, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. This uncle REALLY liked peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and it was his last that he would have for sometime as the cupboard at home was bare.
    His stomach seemed to gnaw on his backbone extra hard that day on the way home. As I remember the story he did this act of righteousness not in the fullness of joy, but he did it none the less. Then he arrives home to see his tiny little peanut butter and jelly sandwich turned into a sizable and overflowing care package from home.
    “Reaping from the mercies of God.”
    \o/
    The names have been left out to protect the innocent and me too! Y’all have an AWESOME day in our Lord.

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