This is the title of one of my chapters in my new book I’ve been quoting from. Here is the definition of a harrow. It is a farm implement used to pulverize soil, break up crop residues, uproot weeds, and cover seed.
Now let’s take this and apply it to our fallow ground. Since fallow ground is the fruit of our flesh, we need to submit to His harrow of repentance. As I just typed this, Isaiah 50:6 came to mind.
As always our Lord is our example. It says, “I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.”
In order to bear fruit for His glory, we must give ourselves, not shrinking back from His harrow. Only His harrow will be able to do the inner heart-work needed to set us free from the fallow ground.
Since ‘man-pleaser’ was the last fallow ground that we looked at, let’s start there. This morning I received this verse in my email. Psalm 118:8 says, “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” Psalm 147:11 says, “The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy.”
Two roots in the fallow ground of a man-pleaser are the fear of man, and the felt-need of acceptance. We know from Proverbs 29:25 that the fear of man is a snare, but the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
The lie behind the felt-need of acceptance is exposed through two verses in Ephesians 1. Verse 4 says that He chose us before the foundation of the world. Verse 6 says that He made us accepted in the beloved.