“Break up your unplowed ground
and do not sow among thorns.
Circumcise yourselves to the Lord,
circumcise your hearts,
you men of Judah and people of Jerusalem….” (Jeremiah 4:3-4a)
Unplowed ground, is land that could be productive, but for what ever reason it has not been broken up, tilled and prepared for planting.
In proverbs it talks about the lazy man has potential in his field but because he doesn’t do anything with it, he comes to poverty. Whether he is lazy or apathetic he doesn’t realize the true blessing that God has given him in the field, and use it to the fullest to His glory. The prophet Jeremiah is commanding the people to break up the ground spiritually. To make use of the land they have. The prophet is saying that fallow ground is usuable if you put it to work, but it right now is not being used.
You can not expect a harvest in an unplowed field. It is impossible. It’s hard ground. The seeds even if scattered have no place to take root, and grow to maturity. You have to take a roto tiller out, or turn it over by hand. Recently there has been a resurgence of no tilling gardening by claiming tilling packs the soil down, but even those purists realize that the ground had to be turned over someway. Except without a tiller it is a lot harder of work.
Abundant food is in the fallow ground of the poor,
But it is swept away by injustice. Proverbs 13:23
There is potential in unrealized ideas and resources for you to be a blessing to your family and community. There is abundant food in the fallow ground of the poor. Another translation for injustice is “decisions” when a person doesn’t make a decision, and act upon the potential of the barren field the potential will never be fully realized.
There is potential in the empty field. In this passage it seems to say if the poor person would seize the opportunities around them, there are the possibilities that they could change their financial situation.
But maybe there’s a plot of land — a part of your life — that you’ve never got around to cultivating, planting, and harvesting. It’s there but it’s wasted. Perhaps you’ve put off plowing this particular piece of land because it’s too difficult or too painful. Perhaps you can’t envision the fruit and grain that can grow there so you’ve never bothered.
This is not only an entrepreneur principle but a spiritual principle that God wants to work in the uncomfortable areas of our life. He wants us to experience an abundant harvest in our relationships, in our health and an many areas that we only see as a barren desert. Will you allow the Lord to work in every area of your life?
Here in the start of 2018. You have a choice to make, will you allow the fallow ground it sit and do nothing for another year. You have fields and fields that God wants to go deeper witn you on. There is fallow ground where God wants you to pull up those weeds of self doubt, the weeds of lust, the weeds of pride that has been nurturing your life.
What will that look like for you in 2018? Perhaps it will be sharing your faith more. Perhaps it will be memorizing more scripture, or getting up 15 minutes earlier so you can have a devotional life. God is calling you to break up the fallow ground in 2018. He is calling you to cultivate more of his character and love in your life today.