When I was a teenager, I almost walked into a tree because I was texting on my phone. Thankfully, I heard people in the background—mainly my family—laughing at my distraction, and I looked up just in time. While I might have been distracted, I was able to hear and see before an obstacle in my environment got in the way.
That can be life sometimes. We have an obstacle, bad habit, or something else that comes up in our environment, but to live our best life we have to listen to our surroundings. We can get distracted (like I was) or resistant and become superficial, which keeps us from trusting that God is shaping our lives for the good.
Today we will focus on the fourth area regarding the parable of the sower: faith. This entails allowing and trusting God to shape every area of your life because he is more than enough.
“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.”
Jesus called out the religious leaders because they refused to listen to or hear what was around them. They were resistant to the implications of Jesus’ words. Jesus frustrated them because he told stories they didn’t want to hear. They allowed something in their environment to become an obstacle to their trust in God.
God is Jehovah Jireh—the Lord will provide. He is the God who is enough. This concept comes from the Old Testament.
Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the Lord will provide”). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
This verse has deep spiritual context, but I will say Abraham was on a path in obedience to God because he trusted him. He was not resistant, superficial, or distracted —he trusted God by being receptive even if he disliked what God told him to do. Abraham heard and saw what was around him, trusting that God would provide. He knew God was enough and trusted how he was shaping his life.
In order to avoid hitting the tree, I probably should not have allowed myself to text and walk. This experience taught me to listen and pay attention to my environment instead of being distracted.
Will you allow God to shape the areas of your life where you are resistant, superficial, or distracted? Are you willing to see and hear what is around you and trust God is shaping your life because he is Jehovah-Jireh?
Do you hear and see what is around you, or is there something preventing you from trusting that God is enough?
What are you creating or allowing in your relationship with God?
Do you trust God is shaping your life for good because of who he is? Why or why not?
Read Genesis 22.
Assess your environment and observe how what you are creating or allowing is impacting your faith.
Join 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting to increase your trust.
Day 12 Focus – To Love Fearlessly (1 John 4:18-19)
Dear God, thank you for being a God of perfect love. Thank you for loving me first—before I accepted your salvation, before I even knew you, while I was still living in sin. Teach me to love as you love, without fear or condemnation. Help me to offer grace to those around me, just as you first offered grace to me. Amen
Saturday: Day 13 Focus –To be Like Christ in my Relationships (Philippians 2:3-4)
Dear Lord, please help me be like you in all my relationships with others. Please help me humble myself and think of the needs of others before my own. Teach me to see how I can serve those around me. Please show me the places in my life where I can make others feel like they matter and let them know that they are not alone. Amen
Sunday Day 14 Focus – To Worship Him (John 4:23)
Dear Father, I worship you with all my heart and soul. I want to sing your praises from early in the morning when the sun rises until late at night when the day has passed. I am so grateful to be allowed to be your child as your love fills my heart again today. Amen.
This post was written by Becca Roberts, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut.
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