“I think we’ve had enough rain now, Lord. Send the rain down to West Texas where they really need it.” I know quite a few Midwesterners who will agree with me.
The ground was saturated with water until no more rain could soak in. Hardened ground can’t absorb water so the run-off goes to ditches, creeks, and flooding causes damage instead of benefit.
Our hearts can become like that hardened ground, crusted over, where the only thing sprouting is a few stubborn weeds. Stick a shovel in this ground and it only goes down 2 inches.
Fallow ground has been allowed to sit uncultivated. It might not have been tilled and planted because of lack of nutrients or lack of water. Perhaps no one showed any interest in this acreage. It is laying “fallow” until the farmer recognizes that it is time for this plot of ground to be planted. Working this ground is hard work, so there aren’t many farmers who are willing to put in the time or effort, but it will pay off.
What makes the difference? Tilling the ground. Hosea 10:12, “Break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness upon you.”
In Isaiah 55:10, God’s Word is compared to rain. “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, So shall My Word be that goes forth from My Mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
Perhaps your heart has been “laying fallow,” because cares of this life and other things have kept you from joining with fellow believers in worshiping the Lord. It is time to sit under the teaching and preaching of the precious Word of God, letting it soak into your heart, like the precious rain from heaven.
It’s time to find yourself a church where you can hear the Word of God.
It is time to seek the Lord.