Time to Get Ready


Ask God to help you prepare your heart so that it will be good soil.


Lord, You are God over all. Today I quiet myself before You. I am listening, expecting to hear You speak to me.


Matthew 13:1-9


Can you picture the scene in today's story?

Jesus tells this parable to a large crowd from an unusual pulpit (2). He describes a sower working in his field--a common sight to the people of Israel. No rain falls in the land during the summer months from May to September, so the ground becomes hard. Farmers wait for the early rains to soften the ground around the end of October, and then they till the soil.

The plow used in those days (and indeed still today by peasant farmers) was made up of a wooden stick with a small metal point. It was usually pulled by two oxen joined by a yoke. The blade dug into the ground, creating a furrow and breaking up the soil. The farmer then walked back along the freshly turned soil. This time he scattered the seed with a sweeping motion. He then plowed the field once more, or he dragged a branch over the soil, to cover the seed and prevent the birds getting to it.

Jesus uses this picture to teach the people a spiritual lesson. What seed do you think he was really speaking about (Luke 8:11)? Which do you think is the key element in this story--the seed or the soil?


Ask God to show you how you can best prepare your heart to be receptive when the seed comes your way.


Father, thank You for Your Word that contains life. Help me to prepare my heart so that I will be good soil.

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