A student shares what's stirring in her
Oct 01, 2008 by Howard Baker | 0 Comments
Jackie Soister, a student, shares what the Spirit is stirring in her:
Dr. Gordon McDonald called us yesterday at Common Ground to be attentive to our national (and international) economic crisis and its repercussions upon people; then to consider how we may respond as representatives of Christ to those around us. As part of this call, we were exhorted to repentance and renewal. Let us hear from the LORD through His prophet Hosea, who spoke in a time of Israel's great wealth and idolatry:
The downfall of a wealthy and arrogant nation...
10:1-2: "Israel is a luxuriant vine that yields its fruit. The more his fruit increased the more altars he built; as his country improved, he improved his pillars. Their heart is false; now they must bear their guilt. The Lord will break down their altars, and destroy their pillars."
The call to seek Him and the promise of blessing...
10:12 : "Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap [His] steadfast love; break up your fallow ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you." (NRSV)
Notes for reflection...
The "fallow" ground is that which has been left unseeded. It is also translated from the Hebrew as "fresh," in other words, ripe for planting and harvest. The phrase "it is time" is also translated from the Hebrew as: "of a time ideally present." To "sow for oneself righteousness" seems a daunting task, yet the verse actually ends with the promise that HIS righteousness is what will be poured on us. To "sow" then, could be interpreted as us allowing our hardened hearts to be softened toward the LORD, seeking Him, and so ready and willing to receive what is only His to give. It is the paradox of our Christian life: just as we strive to have more faith; yet the LORD desires that we ask to receive more faith from Him. As was shared in Chapel yesterday: "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" (Matt 6:33).
IT IS TIME.
Thank you Jackie for these heartfelt insights. If the Lord is putting something on your heart that needs to be shared with our community, please pass it on to me. We are continuing in this season of prayer, fasting, seeking, and listening for what the Spirit may be doing, wanting to do among us. As you are led and are able, please devote some time regularly for prayer and fasting, for seeking and listening. Gather together in small groups to pray, discern, and discuss what you are hearing from the Word and the Spirit. Together let us be vigilant concerning the work and word of our Lord.