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THE PLOW OF GOD.pdf

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
THE figure of plowing, much
used in the Bible, is very
suggestive. The initial
work in making men is plow-
work. Human hearts are
hard, and the first implement to go over them
must be a plow, that they may be broken
up and softened. In our Lord's parable
some seeds fell on the trodden wayside. The
soil was good — it was the same as that which,
in another part of the field yielded a hundred-
fold — but it was hard. It had been long a
roadway across the field and thousands of
feet had gone over it, treading it down.
There was no use in sowing seed upon it, for
the ground would not receive it, and, lying
upon the hardened surface, the birds in eager
quest for food would pick it off. The only
way to make anything of this trodden road-
side was to have it broken up by the plow.
THE figure of plowing, much
used in the Bible, is very
suggestive. The initial
work in making men is plow-
work. Human hearts are
hard, and the first implement to go over them
must be a plow, that they may be broken
up and softened. In our Lord's parable
some seeds fell on the trodden wayside. The
soil was good — it was the same as that which,
in another part of the field yielded a hundred-
fold — but it was hard. It had been long a
roadway across the field and thousands of
feet had gone over it, treading it down.
There was no use in sowing seed upon it, for
the ground would not receive it, and, lying
upon the hardened surface, the birds in eager
quest for food would pick it off. The only
way to make anything of this trodden road-
side was to have it broken up by the plow.

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THE PLOW OF GODBY J. R. MILLER, D.D."Rain, rainBeating against the pane.How endlessly it poursOut of doorsFrom a blackened sky;—  wonder why!"Flowers, flowersUpspringing after showers.Blossoming fresh and fairEverywhere;— Ah, God has explainedWhy it rained!"E. W, F.THE figure of plowing, muchused in the Bible, is verysuggestive. The initialwork in making men is plow-work. Human hearts arehard, and the first implement to go over themmust be a plow, that they may be brokenup and softened. In our Lord's parablesome seeds fell on the trodden wayside. Thesoil was good— it was the same as that which,in another part of the field yielded a hundred-
 
fold— but it was hard. It had been long aroadway across the field and thousands of feet had gone over it, treading it down.There was no use in sowing seed upon it, forthe ground would not receive it, and, lyingupon the hardened surface, the birds in eagerquest for food would pick it off. The onlyway to make anything of this trodden road-side was to have it broken up by the plow.[17]Ci^e istantv of ^elf^ControlThe first work of Christ in many lives isplowing. The lives have not been cultivated.They have been left untilled. Or, like thewayside ground, they have been trodden downinto hardness. Many people treat their livesas if they were meant to be open commonsinstead of beautiful gardens. They do notfence them in to protect them, and so beastspasture on them, tramping over them, chil-dren play upon them, and men drive theirlight carriages and their heavy wagons acrossthem, making roadways hard as rock. Wereadily understand this in agriculture, and itis little more difficult to understand it in lifeculture. A good woman said that Godwanted her heart to be a garden filled withsweet flowers. A garden needs constant care.Our lives should be watched continually, thatthe soil shall always be tender, so that allmanner of lovely things may grow in them.But there are many lives that are not thuscared for and cultivated. They are un-fenced, and all kinds of feet go treading overthem. No care is given to the companions
 
[18]Cl^e motb of tl^e piotowho are allowed admittance into the field;soon the gentle things are destroyed and thetender, mellow soil has become hard. Thosewho are intrusted with the care of childrenshould never fail to think of their responsi-bility for the influences which are allowed totouch them. On a tablet placed in the high-school building at Sag Harbor, Long Island,are inscribed these words by Mrs. RussellSage : " I would like to have the people im-pressed with their obligations as guardians of children, to see to it that their training andeducation be such that in the future of thislittle hamlet, as in the past, its good womenand noble men may enrich the world."For the lack of such care many men andwomen become hardened, without capacity toreceive tender impressions. They have largecapacities for rich, beautiful life and forsplendid service, but they are permitted toread all manner of books and to have all kindsof amusements and to see all kinds of evil life,and they grow up without beauty, really use-less and without loveliness. They need to be[19]Cl^e iseaut^ of telecontrolplowed and plowed deep that they may be

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