The Purpose of Brokenness

A result of neglect in the vineyard is the ground becomes hard and unworkable. Its called fallow ground. If it hasn’t been broken in a long time  any nutrients just lay on the surface unavailable to the life giving root of the plant. Even rain tends to bead up on the surface and evaporate. Regular, minor breaking (cultivation) prevents hardening which requires a more rigorous breaking up. Hearts can become fallow, usually through neglect, sometimes by being trampled like soil on a path. A hardened heart is unreceptive to grace. It tends to bead up like rain on the surface and evaporate. A wise and caring vineyard owner will not allow ground to lie fallow for long but will break it, allowing the rain to penetrate deep to the roots bringing refreshing and life to the vines. “Break up your fallow ground for it is time to seek the Lord that He may come and rain righteousness upon you.” Hosea 10:12b  “

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