|HIDDEN IN OUR HEARTS
I believe that hearing the voice of the Lord, and valuing His word requires us putting some action behind it. James, the half brother of Jesus Christ, writes, For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. – James 1:23-25 (NKJV)
However, I understand that there are times when we have heard the word of God, but we don’t quite know what to do with it, or, if we know what to do with it, we don’t really know how or where to begin. In those times, the Lord entrusts us to be good stewards of His word: Not burying it because we’re afraid of failing or making mistakes, but, like any wise gardener, planting it in the soil of our hearts.
Jesus talks to His disciples in Matthew 13 about a planter. This sower was faithful sow, regardless of the different types of soils he came into contact with. Jesus goes on to explain later in the chapter that the different soils and their ailments are different heart conditions of people that receive the word of God.
Sowing of the seed is a beautiful picture of our stewarding God’s word in our hearts. It’s our job to make sure the soil is good ground for planting–free of thorns, plowed up instead of hardened and packed, stones removed, frequently weeded. Just like Jacob and Mary, who didn’t know how to respond to the words they received, we can be wise and faithful to hide His word in our hearts and trust the Lord of the Harvest.
Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You. – Psalms 119:11 NKJV