I walk with Him. I listen to Him. I know in part but one day will know in full what my life should/could have been. I pray I will walk the remainder of my life, growing more and more like Him, towards Him, each and every day.
Give ear, and hear my voice;
Give ear, and hear my voice;
give attention, and hear my speech.
Does he who plows for sowing plow continually?
Does he continually open and harrow his ground?
When he has leveled its surface,
does he not scatter dill, sow cumin,
and put in wheat in rows
and barley in its proper place,
For he is rightly instructed;
his God teaches him.
How can I ‘cultivate’ this life…this life God desires of me?
- tilling the soil
- planting the seeds
- watering the earth
- keeping the weeds out and away from the new sprouts
- harvesting the crop
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How do I take this picture and make it mine?
- The soil is me. I am tilled up by reading God’s Word. I listen for His instruction. I pray.
- The seeds are for planting; God’s thoughts, God’s Word, God’s Way are those seeds to be planted in fertile, moist soil. By knowing His Word, hearing His voice, waiting upon Him, I become the type of soil where the roots can take hold.
- I never thirst for I have the Living Water. Staying close to Jesus is how those seeds come to fruition.
- The weeds, the tares, are not to get a foothold. By staying in the Word and in communion with God allows the seeds to grow and keeps satan away.
- Harvest time is a continuous time as the seeds are of every different part of growing that God wants for me. He knows the possibilities in me for growth. So today, I may be able to harvest patience. Tomorrow, I may harvest extra love. I may also need some faith every day. To harvest may be to serve, or to pray, or to wait, or to be gentle. So many wonderful plants and fruits of the harvest. Thus harvesting is ongoing and on-growing.
Dill is not threshed with a threshing sledge,
nor is a cart wheel rolled over cumin,
but dill is beaten out with a stick,
and cumin with a rod.
Does one crush grain for bread?
when he drives his cart wheel over it
with his horses, he does not crush it.
This also comes from the Lord of hosts;
he is wonderful in counsel
and excellent in wisdom.
Isaiah 28:23-29 ESV
God uses the perfect tool for each task. His counsel is what I need to cultivate the life that He desires for me. His counsel calls me to pray. He calls me to be still. He wants my ear. He also wants my mouth to hold fast to wait for Him. He wants my obedience, my love, my humbleness, my honor. He wants me in His hands like clay. The life of God in me is, hopefully, that of respect, quietness, and gentleness. It is that of service by His hand, not of mine, or that out of guilt. He is the Farmer, the Potter, the Creator. I want Him to be glorified in all I am, in all I do. May it be so, Father God. Amen.