a quote for today {A.W. Tozer}

it’s been a while since i’ve shared a quote. i heard this one this week and had to look it up right away. it’s GOOD stuff. take a moment and really let is soak in:

The Sharp Blade of the Plow  by. A.W. Tozer

Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness on you. (Hosea 10:12)

The fallow field is smug, contented, protected from the shock of the plow and the agitation of the harrow…But it is paying a terrible price for its tranquility: Never does it see the miracle of growth; never does it feel the motions of mounting life nor see the wonders of bursting seed nor the beauty of ripening grain.

Fruit it can never know because it is afraid of the plow and the harrow.

In direct opposite to this, the cultivated field has yielded itself to the adventure of living. The protecting fence has opened to admit the plow, and the plow has come as plows always come, practical, cruel, business-like and in a hurry. Peace has been shattered by the shouting farmer and the rattle of machinery.

The field has felt the travail of change; it has been upset, turned over, bruised and broken, but its rewards come hard upon its labors. The seed shoots up into the daylight its miracle of life, curious, exploring the new world above it.

All over the field the hand of God is at work in the age-old and ever renewed service of creation. New things are born, to grow, mature, and consummate the grand prophecy latent in the seed when it entered the ground.

Nature’s wonders follow the plow.

(Paths To Power, 31-32)

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sooo good right? i first heard this quote in this sermon on James 1 by Matt Chandler on trials and pain. if you haven’t listened to it, you should! {husbuddy may force me to listen to way too many sermons when we’re driving in the car together, but sometimes it’s totally worth it. hee hee.}

 i don’t want to be a “fallow field” with a tranquil/easy life if it comes at the cost of not bearing fruit. i want to allow God to cultivate fruit in and through me even if it means i must face the trials and pain of a plow. i so desire to be used by God and for His fruit to flourish in my life. what about you?

xoxo-kimberly renee

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