Teach me thy way, O Lord. Psalm 86:11
This Scripture keeps popping into my consciousness; I know I used it two weeks ago, but these words are quite important, and quite possibly, God is trying to direct me to heed His way. Maybe I am straying again; only time will tell. And possibly I’ll end up with bruised knees again. That’s okay; a little blood is evidence of a vital and growing spiritual life. There are always ups and downs, highs and lows, and lessons to be learned from both.
Last week, I wrote to you about the danger of choosing a pastor based on his/her ability to speak dynamically. It is wonderful if you find a devoted minister who possesses both the ability to speak dynamically and the spiritual depth to know and convey the Word effectively. You have found a teacher blessed by God. But, you must do your part. You must receive the Word and put it into practice.
This week, I invite you to re-read the Parable of the Sower found in Luke 8:4-15. Many people sit in church where scripture is never taught. Others sit in their pew week after week and apparently daydream. The Word never takes root. Joyce Meyer often says that she and Dave would dress up the kids, go to church, hear an amazing message, and before she got to the car to go home, she was ranting and raving and creating havoc. What type of hearer are you? Does the seed sit on the surface of your heart only to be blown away? Or is your soil hard and the Word is not able to penetrate into your soul? The Word can also fall among the thorns—stolen by your worries and distractions. The good soil represents the one who hears the Word and retains it. Isaiah 55:11 says that, “God’s Word will not return void or empty. It will accomplish the purpose for which He sent it.” Are you truly listening, my friends? Is the Word taking root in your heart? Oh, may my heart be fertile ground for God’s Word.
Prayer for Today: Lord, I want to listen, really hear Your message to me today. As I read and study your Word, may it take root and produce a bounty of fruit. Amen.
I’m preparing for a harvest of blessings.