The Understanding Heart
KEY VERSE | Proverbs 14:1
“The wise woman builds her house, on a foundation of Godly precepts and her household thrives.”
There is an unspoken agreement between the seed and the soil; they each know what to do, because in their creation the message was made clear. To the seed: “Take root and open wide within the nourishing environment you were planted,” and to the soil: “Encircle and sustain that which has been entrusted to you, allowing space for full expression and germination.” With the right sustenance they are given the chance to work out that for which they were created. The same can be said of us as God’s creation. Our hearts were made for the rich seed of God’s Word to fall and take root in its deepest places. But there must be a continued unguarding of our hearts so that the seed can take root and begin to change us.
God’s Word is full of power, life, freedom and healing, and the way in which we get those attributes to burst forth is to have an understanding heart—a heart that, regardless of the scars it wears, longs for the implantation of the truth it was created for.
“The farmer sows the word. Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.” Mark 4:14-15
The enemy comes to steal, and that is exactly what he sets out to do when the seed of God’s Word falls upon our hearts. If we allow our heart to harden against the truth God plants there, it won’t take long for the seeds of truth to be snatched up and replaced by shells of deception, leaving our hearts hardened and empty. But the heart that understands—that sets out to remain fertile and ready to cultivate growth—is the heart that is eager for the wholeness Christ came to give us! The understanding heart loosens its grip on what was and is hopeful for what has been promised to us. Effort is required in order to maintain rich and fertile soil, but it is effort that will yield a beautiful harvest.
RESPONSE | Are there areas of your heart that are hardened and are not allowing for a rich seed to grow?