In the Weeds
Do you ever feel like life is getting the better of you? Maybe that weakness is rearing its ugly head, maybe you feel like there is trouble or defeat everywhere you look. Sometimes life can feel that way. This morning I was reading some of the teachings of Jesus in Matthew 13. This chapter was such an encouragement to me. In this chapter he speaks of the kingdom of heaven, our life in him on this earth.
Ma. 13:32 “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
This scripture is encouraging to me on many levels, both personally and as a parent. When we hear the Word of God and accept it, believe it and apply it to our lives, something amazing happens. It germinates and transforms and grows into something that looks different, acts different. It transforms into a strong, beautiful plant that serves a purpose and even repopulates.
Hebrews 4:12 “The Word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than any two edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
The Word of God is ESSENTIAL to our lives. It is the water to our soul. It is essential to us becoming what God calls us to be. We don’t have to become or be this amazing person on our own or in our own power. We can’t! We need to water our soul, mind and spirit with the Word of God. He will transform us.
Philippians 3:9-10,12 “Not having righteousness of my own that comes from following the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God, that DEPENDS on faith, that I may KNOW HIM and the power of his resurrection. Not that I have already obtained this or am perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Jesus Christ has made me his own.”
We need to water with The Word. In Matthew 13:24-30 Jesus tells us the parable of the weeds. In this parable the servants see weeds in the wheat field. They ask the master if they should go pull the weeds. The master says no. He says that if they pull the weeds now, the wheat might get pulled up with them. The wheat is young, their roots are shallow and it is hard to tell them apart from the weeds. He says to let them grow together with the weeds, then at harvest (When they are grown, healthy and strong with deep roots, they will look different from the weeds) the weeds can be pulled and the wheat will not be affected. THIS WILL PREACH!!! We can apply this principal to our own walk as well as guidance for those of us who are parents. Notice that the master is not worried about the presence of the weeds. HE KNOWS, FOR CERTAIN, that if the field is watered and cared for, that the wheat will grow, transform and produce a harvest and that the weeds will not overcome the wheat. HE KNOWS that the weeds will be destroyed at the end. He knows that if he de-weeds the field before it is time, he might lose some of the wheat and he is NOT WILLING TO SACRIFICE ANY LOSS of the wheat. Doesn’t that make you feel so loved? He is not worried about the weeds. He knows the end result. We don’t need to worry about the weeds, just water our soul with The Word. In our lives, if we will simply feed our mind, soul and spirit with the miraculous, nourishing Word of God, we will slowly transform into his image and he will fulfill his purpose in our lives.
WORD TO PARENTS: As parents, we can have this same confidence. “His Word does not return void.” Is. 55:11 We need to keep speaking The Word of God over our kids and to our kids. We need to let our life speak his words and take them to church so they can be fed The Word. We can have confidence. “Raise a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 (Notice there are no promises while they are young) When they are in the weeds, have faith! “He who began a good work in you, will be faithful to complete it.” Philippians 1:6
In Matthew 13:33 Jesus tells a parable of a woman who hid leaven in three measures of flour until it ALL became leaven. The Word of God is powerful!! We can have confidence as we hope in the Lord. He is not worried about the weeds. “To everything there is a season.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 We need to keep our eyes on our Savior, The Creator of the Universe, the great I AM. We need to get in his presence, keep teaching our kids about him and pray scripture over our family.
So be encouraged. Whether you are in the thick of it, surrounded by weeds, or it’s someone you love, you can have his confidence. You don’t have to worry about the weeds, just water with The Word. He will take care of the rest!