Daily Devotion Thursday, October 31

Thursday, October 31, 2013 – Psalm 93; Nehemiah 1:1-11 or Lamentations 2:16-22;
Revelation 5:11-6:11 and Matthew 13:18-23

Hear the Parable of the Sower; this was in our readings of a couple of days ago. (Matthew 13:3b-9)

“Listen! A sower went out to sow. 4And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. 5Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. 6But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. 7Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9Let anyone with ears listen!”

In today’s reading we hear the interpretation.

Matthew 13:18-23 18“Hear then the parable of the sower. 19When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path. 20As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away. 22As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. 23But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

When I read or hear the parable of the sower and then its interpretation, I think of the many times in my life when I was like the soil of the path and soil of the rocky ground and soil with many thorns. I think that is true for most of us. We could end there by regretting what has been, yet the parable calls us to be part of God’s good soil, soil that will yield a harvest – a hundred, sixty or thirty fold. So, how can I get there? What do I need to do to help my soul be good soil for God?

I need to really cultivate time to be just with God, allowing God to open up my soul unto his presence, his word, his truth. I need to cast aside the worries of the world. Most of the things I worry about don’t come about and the worry only takes me away from being with God, being in God. I need to focus on treasures of heaven instead of treasures of the world.

The farmer takes a lot of time preparing his fields for the planting of seeds. He tills it. He fertilizes it. He tills it some more. Once the seed is planted he tries to keep out the weeds, allowing the good plants to grow. It’s a lot of work, but well worth it when harvest time comes.

So, it is with us my friends, may we seek to open up our soul unto God, so God can bring about a harvest which is a hundred, sixty or thirty fold.

O God, forgive me for how I allow my soul to be hardened to your word or your presence. Forgive me for how I allow the cares of the world to crowd out your word or your presence. This day, help me open my soul to you. I know you plant good seed in my soul, today may I participate with you in nurturing it and helping it grow. Use me to help others sense your grace, peace and love. Amen.

Psalm 93 – The Lord is king, he is robed in majesty;
the Lord is robed, he is girded with strength.

“Holy, holy, holy,
the Lord God the Almighty,
who was and is and is to come.” …

11  “You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.”                                   Revelation 4:8b & 11

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