I’m hungry for God’s Word.
I don’t want to live a life in the shadows of the matrix. My mind was not made for the murky waters of the world, it was created the share the thoughts of the Creator.
I pray often for the Spirit of revelation according to Ephesians 1:17-20.
“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,” (Ephesians 1:17–18 KJV)
Don’t Be Hasty
So, there I am. It’s 6.13am on a Thursday morning and I’m pacing the floor of my local church, alone, but not alone. There are four of us there, three invisible – Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
And I’m praying again for the preaching of the Word in our church – that it will be anointed to destroy every yoke of the evil one and penetrate the hearts of every hearer. I feel the urgency pressing through my inner man.
Then the Holy Ghost speaks.
As clear as day He says, “Don’t be hasty. Be willing to wait."
The anxious puff in my desperate sails dissipates and I turn the ears of my heart toward Him. I have learned that when God speaks that it is an invitation to conversation.
Our questions coax His explanations.
My Word Comes Down Like Rain…
And so the Holy Ghost continued…
“My words come down like rain."
I was familiar with these words but couldn’t remember the reference.
Here’s another key for your converse. If you recall something make a point to pin-point what it actually says. Don’t bypass going deeper.
After a short dig in my Bible app and the ever-present Google, I found the Word I was looking for:
“My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:” (Deuteronomy 32:2 KJV)
Again, in Isaiah 55:10-13:
“For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:9–11 KJV)
Prayer prepares the heart to receive truth.
Prayer ploughs the soil of the heart so the rain does not just skim the surface.
Truth is not meant to tickle just two-inches below the surface. It is designed to be drunk deep into the spirit.
I ask a question. In the parable of the sower spoken by Jesus in Matthew 13:1-9 and interpreted clearly for us by the Lord in verses 18-23, what is the key ingredient that determines outcomes? The seed or the soil?
In the context of this key teaching from the lips of the King it is clear as day that the soil determines the increase.
The same seed is sown to all, the Word of God, yet some bear but a few few strands of freedom as a result. Others spring forth an abundant harvest, beyond any natural reasoning.
The soil of the heart must be prepared to receive truth.
Take time in prayer to turn over the soil. Speak with the Spirit often. Wait upon His presence so the rain can soften the hard ground and give entrance.
Truth Like the Dew
So I ask, what about the dew?
“…my speech shall distil as the dew.” (Deuteronomy 32:2 KJV)
Dew takes time and atmosphere to form.
We must cultivate and atmosphere for truth to take form in our heart.
This is far more than just listening to sermons. It is in the quiet, dark hours of solitude that dew forms unseen by a sleeping world.
So it should be with us. Waiting upon the Lord’s Word and presence is not a public spectacle. Sitting in a perpetual pew will not affect the transformation you seek.
Such formation is found only in devotion to the truth that you hear that goes far beyond the church doors.
Informed or Transformed?
Truth is designed for transformation, not just information.
The Holy Spirit is our Teacher.
Let’s never forget that words alone are the trade of man-made temples. The truth we seek is spirit and will impact our life in a way that changes us from the inside out.
“Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.” (2 Corinthians 3:6 KJV)
No longer the stale run of religion, instead we crave the taste of truth smothered in Heaven’s immediacy.
Oh, that my hungry heart would find it’s satisfaction drinking from the endless well of His love!