Scripture Reading: Matthew 13:15
For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Reflections: The disciples queried Jesus on why He didn’t speak plainly to the crowd about the story of the sower but used a parable. The answer of Jesus explained an important divine principle required for access to critical information and blessings. This has got to do with the state of one’s heart. The hearts of the majority of Jews were hardened towards anything Jesus will say. They had made up their mind that whatever they knew in life and about God was final. They had therefore ‘closed up their minds, ears and eyes’ so that they will in no way ever allow themselves to be influenced by the words of Jesus. Jesus explained that it was due to this that He found it inappropriate to speak to them in plain words. They wouldn’t work with it anyway. The implication is that in order for you to hear clearly from God, you must not make up your mind that what you know is final. Your heart must be ready for whatever He may have in stock for you, with a clearly demonstrable indication that you are going to yield to it. An open and willing heart is therefore the key to have an enjoyable and rewarding fellowship with God. Keep holding on to it!
Prayer: Dear Lord, please help me to maintain an open and willing heart towards you all the time.
Confession: I am open to what God has for me at any time. I am blessed.