Sunday, April 10, 2011
Let the Rain Fall
Our heart gardens are also susceptible to overheating and drying out. In Luke 8, Jesus shared the parable about the sower with the people. "A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed...some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture...Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God...They on the rock [are they], which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away" (Luke 8:5-6 & 11,13).
When we don't keep ourselves in the Word of God and find continual nourishment from Him then we will slowly wither away. It can happen to any of us. We find ourselves enjoying the fresh rains of the Holy Spirit pouring down on our soul, but the moment we leave the prayer meeting or step out of the church service, we go our own way never looking back to the life source. We get distracted and tangled into routines and tasks of the day. Before we realize it another morning or another evening has passed and we haven't stopped in our day to spend time feeding on the Word of God. In Psalm 143:6 David writes, "I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah."
Whether we're fasting or going about our normal dieting routine, let's take a moment to remember that our spiritual heart garden needs as much nourishment and water as our physical body. Invite God's Holy Spirit to rain down and be prepared for an outpouring of His strength!