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Monday, April 9, 2012

Becoming a Fertile Crop for the Lord; Footprints in the Sand

    Today’s Reading:
  • Mark 3:31 - 4:25
  • Psalm 37:12 - 29
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Mark 3:31 - 4:25
Jesus told the Parable of the Farmer Scattering Seed.  I recall reading this parable in Matthew and how it struck me then.  It imposed in me a desire to be crop planted in fertile soil.  To do so I must become fertile and really multiple my crop to bring more people to the Lord.  I don't know how well I've done so far, but I do know that I'm doing something about it right now.  For one I am posting to this blog everyday.  I don't know if it really has helped anyone, but I know I wasn't called to do it for no reason.  And secondly, by studying the bible, my greatest personal block for sharing my faith will soon be gone -- I will no longer be afraid of giving someone misinformation, or being unable to even attempt to answer a question due to lack of knowledge of the word of God.

This project I've taken on feels so huge, some days I think I just can't sit down and study today.  And yes, some days I do skip.  But other days I sit down (like today) and I get going, and I'm reminded why I'm doing this.  It's to help myself, it's to help others.  It's to become a fertile crop.  It's to bring people closer to the Lord.  It's to bring myself closer to the Lord.

Thank you Lord for leaving this wonderful book for all of us to gain knowledge of you; for all of us to gain wisdom; for all of us to gain love and peace; and for all of us to learn about your Son and what is expected of our lives so that we can obtain forgiveness.  Amen.

Psalm 37:12 - 29
These verses are quite simple and beautifully stated. They tell us how the Lord does not abandon the godly.  It tells us that the Lord delights in the lives of the godly.  How wonderful it would be to have God take delight in my life!  When I think of the Lord, I think of all the ways I fail, all the things I need to strive to do better.  I don't think of the possibility that the Lord might take delight our lives.  We are also told that the godly will stumble, but they will never fall, because the Lord is there to hold our hand.  It reminds of the "Footprints in the Sand" poem, one of my favorite writings of all times.  It's so wonderful to know that the Lord is there to hold our hand and to carry us when needed.

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