Welcome back! For this to make sense you need to read yesterday’s post. I left off with the truth that our heart hungers for a way to hear the voice of God in a way that is personal, and in a way that acknowledges 3 things. Here are those 3 things:
That We Are
God did not create us to be His slaves, but His children. God made us to experience an intimate relationship and fellowship with Him. In The Word we discover that God knows us. He knows where we are. He knows what we feel. When we are deeply hurting, God knows that we are hurting. When we are so afraid, God knows we’re afraid. When we are so angry, angry at life, angry at others, angry at Him, God knows we’re angry.
When we mess up and our life lies in ruins around us, God knows our despair. When we doubt His presence, doubt His love, doubt His promises, and even doubt His Word, God knows our doubts. Are you afraid that God will turn away from you? Don’t be! In The Word we discover the God who knows everything about us and with tender compassion understands our fears and our pains. This Word always finds us and in the good times and the darkest times.
That We Are Important
God values you and deems you important to Him. Your family may tell you you’re worthless. People you know may tell you that you’re worthless. Bosses and coworkers may tell you you’re worthless. Your world may tell you you’re worthless. Even your mind may tell you that you’re worthless. But you will never hear God call you worthless.
In Isaiah 43:1 we hear The Word say: The one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.” Every day we read or hear about a child, a spouse, an elderly person, someone mentally ill being abandoned. But you are so important to God that He will never abandon you or forget you. In The Word we hear God speak in Isaiah 49:16, “See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.” Those hands are nail scarred hands. To hunger for the Word is to know that you are going to encounter the One who has written your name on His hands!
That We Are Important To His Purposes
In The Word we can discover that God has a plan for this world and that you are an important part of His plan. God has a place for you. Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” God sees you as His Masterpiece. As we immerse our minds and hearts into His Word, we can discover and see His Masterpiece. A simple glance at The Word is not enough. We cannot see the Masterpiece that He sees until we linger and remain in His Word. He reveals what He sees in us, and what He made us to be.
But it takes time, and often, a lot of time. God does not reveal it all at once, but piece by piece. In this process we will discover the trustworthiness of God. You are so important to His purposes that He will not give up on you, even if you do. He created Adam and Eve to be an important part of His creation plan. And he saved us to become an important part of His redemption plan.
In The Word, as we read, study, wrestle, and reflect we do indeed discover that God has a plan and a purpose for your life. And you are important to Him. How important is He to you? Let’s read the rest of the passage from Matthew 13:18-23 (The Message)
“Study this story of the farmer planting seed. When anyone hears news of the kingdom and doesn’t take it in, it just remains on the surface, and so the Evil One comes along and plucks it right out of that person’s heart. This is the seed the farmer scatters on the road. The seed cast in the gravel—this is the person who hears and instantly responds with enthusiasm. But there is no soil of character, and so when the emotions wear off and some difficulty arrives, there is nothing to show for it. The seed cast in the weeds is the person who hears the kingdom news, but weeds of worry and illusions about getting more and wanting everything under the sun strangle what was heard, and nothing comes of it. The seed cast on good earth is the person who hears and takes in the News, and then produces a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.” (Verses 18-23)
Each of us is found somewhere in this story.
- Some people’s heart is like the road. They put up a barrier to God’s word. Some put up a barrier because they are unwilling to surrender their hearts to God. Some are afraid that God is going to take away the fun in their life. I believe that many more are afraid to give up control of their life.
- Some people’s heart is like ground covered in gravel They lack the depth to allow god’s word to grow in them. These are the ones who choose respectability over commitment. They want to give the appearance that they love God.
- Some people’s heart is like ground covered with weeds. They allow doubts, fears, worries, problems to be bigger than God.
- Some people’s hearts are the good, fertile ground. The good soil is the heart that takes the seed deep within, where we find strength, comfort, hope and the challenge. It’s in the deepest parts of our heart where we wrestle and struggle.
The word is not always easy to understand, nor is it automatically easy to accept. His Word Comes To Stir Us Up, To Face The Truth About God, About The World, And Most Importantly, About Ourselves.
Love God with all your heart. Love others the way Jesus loves you. And make sure all the glory goes to Him