Hosea 10;12

In September the Chesapeake District of the LWML will be meeting in Maryland.  Their theme is from Hosea 10:12 – “Sow What?”  Hosea says to the people of Israel.  “Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap unfailing love.  Break up the unplowed ground for yourselves,for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers deliverance on you.”

Hosea hammers at the spiritual and political life of the people.  He talks about social sins for which God’s people need to repent.  Personal impurity, social injustice, and spiritual and political deception are running rampant among the ruling folks and the common people. Instead of sowing the seeds of righteousness, they have plowed and planted evil seeds from which they have reaped and harvested corruption. They now are eating the fruit of all their lying and false sense of security.  They are worshiping false gods and trusting in political alliances rather than in God. God’s people have deceived themselves in supposing that great military power would protect them. In truth, military might had not and would not provide a sufficient safeguard.

How do we sow righteousness?  By trusting the righteous one and believing His word.  When we count on Christ’s righteousness instead of our own, confess our sins and receive forgiveness we see that God’s mercy does endure forever and His faithfulness is new every morning.  When we plow up the ground where the seeds of anger and jealousy and hatred were planted God can and does send the rain of His righteousness and peace.  When good seed falls on good soil it produces a harvest of righteousness.  Our righteousness in Christ is rained down on us daily.

We pray for the Chesapeake District of the LWML and their convention in September.  June 20-22 is the Minnesota North LWML Convention in Willmar.

North Dakota LWML meets Jun 24-26 in Jamestown.