First to let you know, I will be away until Sunday so there’ll be no blog until Monday. I have in the past written in advance but the way I am writing now is fresh every day so I am honouring that. I will be deep in prayer with a dear friend and a new friend and hope to come back inspired with more fresh stuff!
Speaking of fresh, today was my new verse day and as I haven’t shared the last verse – not sure quite how I got out of sync but – I thought I ought to do that and it also fits with the thought I had already. God is GOOD!
7 Let your roots grow down deeply in Him, and let Him build you up on a firm foundation. Be strong in the faith, just as you were taught, and always spill over with thankfulness.
I like the passive cooperation at the beginning, letting God do the work of establishing me in Him and on Him. Being His child is the natural way for me to be, it’s my design, my purpose and so when given the opportunity my ‘roots’ love nothing more than to sink and delve deeply into Him. There they are watered and find nutrition. There they grow thick and strong and sturdy providing stability, a firm foundation for what’s above ground. Then comes my part which is still dependent on Him but is my response: faithfulness, steadfastness, teachability. And always, eternally aware that it is all from Him and I am left bursting with a thankfulness, a joyful gratitude that should affect every bit of my life.
I read these verses this morning.
24 So consider carefully the things you’re hearing. If you put it to use, you’ll be given more to wrestle with – much more. 25 Those who have listened will receive more, but those who don’t hear will forget even the little they’ve failed to understand.
I confess to having to go check my NIV to see what I was used to reading but this made so much sense after the parable. And it linked to my memory verse. Roots going deeper as I consider carefully what I have heard. I put it to use and my life grows and I stay strong and thankful and so I receive more because I am ready for more and I ponder and roots deepen and on and on the cycle of growth and maturity continues. But it starts by hearing, by listening to what I hear not letting it get brushed off like crumbs of bread.
I am praying to be the fertile soil, not dried up, not stony and not choked by other things but fertile where the Word is rooted in me and I get rooted in Him then the joy and thanks will be light and life to those around me.