Several Scriptures connected in the Presence of the Lord recently, and I would like to share with you what I gathered from the connection.
I love how the Lord can piece together a puzzle with pieces from Deuteronomy, Psalms, Jeremiah and Matthew and spell out what I could not have seen on my own. The message seems to connect to blessings...and when we begin to put the blessings above the Blesser.
"Break up your unplowed ground, and do not sow among thorns."
I am not a gardener per say, but it would seem obvious that choosing to sow seed among thorns would not be a good idea. The message was clear here, however, to make certain not to do so. Wonder why? Well, when you leap ahead to the words in red in Matthew 13, you find what sowing among thorns means in a spiritual sense...
"The seed falling among thorns refers to someone who hears the Word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the Word, making it unfruitful."
David wrote in Psalm 62 that "though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them."
To be completely honest, these are Scriptures that I have typically let my eyes wander over without honing in on, simply because I never think of riches in connection to my personal life. So when I felt the Holy Spirit tightening the focus on them for me, I was a little stunned.
Being blessed is a reward for obedience according to the Word. However, when we allow blessings to cloud our vision - setting our hearts on them rather than on the Lord - we are literally sowing among thorns. We are allowing the deceitfulness of riches to choke the Word in our hearts. No matter how tenderly we have sown His precious Word within us, the thorns can easily overtake the garden if we are not careful.
I believe that we have been living in a season in which it has come to the forefront of our minds to break up our unplowed ground, to seek the Lord like we never have, and to allow Him to take the shovel to our hearts like never before to make room within us for His Word to take root and bear fruit.
Perhaps we are on the edge of a new season. Perhaps we are stepping into a new day in which blessings will overtake us. Let it be, Lord! I pray that as blessings begin to overtake us, that we are careful to not allow them to overtake Him in our hearts.
Father, please give us wisdom to not only faithfully break up unplowed ground and sow Your Word, but also to make sure we keep thorns at bay. I don't want to be deceived by blessings that are meant to be a gift. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Psalm 62:10, Jeremiah 4:3, Deuteronomy 8, Matthew 13