“His disciples came and asked him, “Why do you use parables when you talk to people?” He replied , “You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of heaven, but others are not. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. That is why I use these parables, For they look, but they don’t really see. They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand.” Matthew 13:10-13 NLT
I pray for the Holy Spirit to give me insight and wisdom when reading God’s word. I find that especially in this, He meets me where I am. He prods me to dig deeper. I have learned that the more I read of it, the more hungry I am for it. The more understanding I have. But, it is not for knowledge alone. Am I being changed? Is my heart in the right place? Am I fearful or discouraged? Those are usually red flags for me that I haven’t picked up my bible in too long.
“But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, but they didn’t see it.” Matthew 13:16 NLT
Once I get into his word, my eyes are opened. And I wonder what took me so long. Why was I scrolling through Instagram or filling my mind with other things? Distraction after distraction. And I wonder why I am weary and tired. He is always ready and waiting for me to turn to Him. “But if the source of our satisfaction is anything other than God’s word, a relationship with Jesus, and the power and friendship of the Holy Spirit, our souls will suffer. What we are truly thirsting for is God. He is our source of living water. Nothing else will be able to weep into every part of us. Nothing else will be able to refresh, restore and transform us. Nothing else will ever truly satisfy our soul.” Lysa Terkeurst
“For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does. But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us Lord, for our hope is in you alone.” Psalms 33:4, 18-22 NLT
Dear Father, thank you for your word. Thank you that it is truth. I pray for a deeper love for your word. Amen.