Plow and Prepare

Published on Aug 12, 2020

This is what the Lord says to the people of Judah and to Jerusalem: “Break up your unploughed ground and do not sow among thorns. Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, circumcise your hearts. Jeremiah 4:3-4a

God is calling His people to repent.

Fallow ground is uncultivated farmland. Land that was ploughed before but now has been dormant for an extended period. Land that was fruitful at one time has become hardened over time. And unless it is ploughed and broken up, no useful crop can be grown on it.

Fallow ground implies resistance. To break up fallow ground is hard work. The Lord says, do not sow among the thorns. It is not that fallow ground does not yield anything, it only yields weeds and thorns. Nothing useful comes out of it. Fallow ground needs work and preparation to be made useful.

Jeremiah is using circumcision as a metaphor. Spiritually speaking, Judah was to work on having repentant, prepared hearts. They were to return to the Lord with hearts softened by repentance. God is interested in the inward change of heart rather than the physical conformity to rules. Ultimately, it is not the physical circumstance but a changed and purified heart that the Lord desires.

A circumcised heart is a pure heart separated unto God (Romans 2:29), a heart that is aware of its own sin and the need for God’s forgiveness. True circumcision is a matter of the heart, performed by the Spirit of God. Only the Holy Spirit can purify a heart and set us apart unto God. And only when our hearts are ploughed and prepared by the Spirit, can we be used by the Lord.

Is yours a circumcised heart?

Spirit God, purify my heart, I pray.

Excerpt from At the Potter’s Wheel – Day by Day

(READING FOR 08 AUGUST)

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Preethi Alice Jacob

Preethi Jacob is the author of the yearlong devotional At the Potter’s Wheel, Day by Day. Her journey includes teaching a Bible Study Fellowship class, teaching and leading the Sunday School ministry in her church, leading Bible studies, besides counselling young women. She serves on the Global Mission Team of the United Bible Societies and lives in Bangalore, India with her husband and two young adult children.

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