An encouraging word!

Jesus painted a picture in Matthew chapter thirteen of the different ways we can receive the Word of God. He had an encouraging word as He illustrated how a seed takes root. When the seed (God’s Word) falls on good soil, it starts growing and in time bears fruit. The seed (God’s Word) is buried beneath the soil in the dark and it takes time to develop and mature away from any eyes. God sometimes chooses to develop and mature us in the dark so that our roots go deep. He wants our roots to go down deep into His love to keep us strong. (Ephesians 3:17) God’s encouragement to us in Isaiah 50 verse10 is: “Who is among you who fears the Lord, who obeys the voice of His Servant, yet who walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust and be confident in the name of the Lord and let him rely on his God.” (Amp.) So, let me encourage you to never doubt in the dark, what God has revealed to you in the light! (as the cartoon illustrates) In other words, when you are going through a dark season remember the seed how it grows and flourishes in the dark.

There is another prophetic picture that is painted in Isaiah chapter 61:3 “To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.” I’m wondering if Jesus was thinking of this verse when illustrating Matthew thirteen believing that the seed that falls on good ground would become a strong oak that He would use for His glory.

Do you remember the old-fashioned photographic film that we used to snap pictures and then send the negatives to be developed? The negatives would have the pictures and memories that you captured but if they didn’t go into the dark room for exposure the photos would never be printed and available for people to see and enjoy. I want to encourage you to spend time in God’s presence and let His Word take root in your heart, for we all need time to develop and allow God’s pictures to be printed on our hearts. So, don’t hurry the process and rob yourself of the benefits and the fruit bearing that God has prepared for you.

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