Daily Devotion Wednesday, January 23rd

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 – Psalm 15; Isaiah 44:24-45:7; Ephesians 5:1-14; and Mark 4:1-20

What condition is your soil (soul) today?

Now hear Jesus’ word to us.

Mark 4:1-20 – 3“Listen! A sower went out to sow. 4And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and it sprang up quickly, since it had no depth of soil. 6And when the sun rose, it was scorched; and since it had no root, it withered away. 7Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. 8Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.” 9And he said, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”

Living in the Ozarks, it’s not hard to find soil like the soil Jesus is talking about. The hardened paths; soil which has been hardened by the many, many people or animals walking on it. The soil that is only about one inch deep and below it is rocks (many, many rocks) some big, some small but lots and lots of rocks. Then there are the areas overgrown by native and not so native weeds and thorny vines. And yes, there are small patches of good soil. I don’t have to go far to find the type of soil Jesus mentions in this parable.

Problem is I can say the same thing about my soul. There are times when my soul has been hardened by myself and others walking over it. There are times when my soul, has some sense of openness to God’s word, but just below the surface are worldly things; wants, desires that don’t fit into God’s kingdom. And I can think of many times in my life when the worries of the day, overtook my soul. In each of these cases, God’s word has come to me but not produced much, if anything. But thanks be to God for providing the good soul, that has been ready to receive God’s word and let it produce a harvest thirty, sixty and even a hundred fold.

Good healthy soil is brought about by the farmer tending to it; plowing it, fertilizing it, watering it, weeding it regularly. In our case, the good healthy soul is brought about by our allowing God to help us open our soul to his word. We do this by turning over the cares of the world to him. We do this by allowing God to point out and pull the weeds we allow in our soul. We do this by putting God in the center, in the heart of our soul.

What condition is your soul today? And how can you participate with God in making it a good healthy soul, ready to produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, a hundred fold?

O God, thanks for pointing out how my soul has been hardened at times, full of rocks at times, full of the worries of life at other times, and how at times it has been a good healthy soul ready to receive your word. May I participate with you in the tending to my soul this day. Amen.

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