Monday, June 6, 2016

Breastplare Gems - We Need the Gentle Rain

It's the first Monday in June, time to share one of this month's readings from our devotional book, Breastplate Gems.  For those interested in the Kindle edition, there's a link to that version on the page.

The book's goal is to give the reader a chance to grow closer to God in a way that will leave us with something from the Word that will help us stay close to Him.

Life throws both good and bad events at us.  When we have a connection with God, it's no longer just us dealing with them.  We have God in that equation.  For instance, there's this:

Luke 8:5 (KJV) A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.

Luke 8:11 (KJV) Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

Luke 8:12 (KJV) Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

Have you ever talked to someone who is so convinced that the Bible is a fable and God is a myth? They have so great a need to be right that their ground won’t allow the rain of the Water of Life to soften it enough for anything to get planted into the soil.  There aren’t even any cracks and crevices for anything to get into to take root.

While we may consider that to describe someone who has never made a profession, that may not be true.  We have to realize that a profession (words) may not be a real confession (heart).  And it really doesn’t matter if we recognize the difference.  Either way, we find someone who needs to be softened and drawn to God.

This is where we consider our words.  If we pound with our words, it can be like a hammer, tamping and compacting an already dry ground.  A torrential rain isn’t much better.  Though it may not make the ground harder, it comes with such speed and force that none can be absorbed.  What’s needed is a gentle rain that sits on the ground long enough to start being absorbed.

Prayer thoughts for day 2:  If we reject God, we need to allow ourselves to be softened to hear all sides.  We don’t want prejudice of any kind to influence our decisions.  If we’ve made a profession, but really haven’t connected to God, we want to clearly decide how we want to choose.  It may be that the threats of Hell and the “you musts” compacted our spiritual ground to prevent anything getting in.  And if it’s our words that are to draw others, we want the gentle rain, not the torrential downpour that merely runs off with no effect.  We want our words to be as wise as the serpent, but harmless as the dove (Matthew 10:16).

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