12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.
This verse from the tenth chapter of Hosea speaks volumes about the way of salvation.
The righteousness that God requires is a deposit from the outside, like rain. But hard-pan earth does not receive the blessing of rain unto germination. The waters simply run off.
There must be a softening and a working up and a breaking of the fallow ground. There must be difficulties before the blessing.
I cannot think of a single individual who went directly from Easy Street to the foot of the cross in true repentance. Salvation is not a matter of making a good investment. It is an overthrow.
We cannot work for ourselves the trouble and turmoil. We cannot will it to rain. We have no title to the rain. It is all of God. And there is such relief and fruitfulness in that rain.
Ask any farmer about this.