Gary V. Smith: Sowing and Showers

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Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until He comes and showers His righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12

“God exhorted His people to sow righteousness so that they could reap the blessings (the “fruit”) of God’s steadfast covenant. They needed to understand God’s ways in the Torah, follow a path of justice, have unfailing love for Him, and seek the Lord continually. God would then shower them with His righteousness.”

Gary V. Smith in Hosea, Amos, Micah (NIVAC; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2001) 151.

I want to interject a personal report today as we find ourselves halfway through 2020, and as yesterday was the end of my fiscal year for GTP.

As you may recall, I was “sowing” and praying for “showers” over the last six weeks. I was inviting people to partner with me in the work of GTP and praying for God’s provision.

On literally the day before the end of the fiscal year, I deposited the check that put us over the top. When in my journaling, I asked God, “Why wait so long.” I discerned this in reply.

God wanted over 110 new people to partner with us in the work. Had we met the goal weeks ago, I would not done the just and faithful work of inviting everyone to join in the global effort.

Our job is to sow truth in hearts that God has blessed them to participate with Him in His work. Because of His unfailing love, it is His job to move the people and shower the resources. That He did!