The Heartfelt Fight
When I was just beginning my relationship with God and starting to get into the word, I struggled. I believe it was because my heart was not always prepared to receive what God had for me. My heart was not prepared because I was reading the word like it was a requirement, not to actually receive a word from God. When reading the word we must prepare our hearts and seek what the Lord has for us.
The Scriptures say, “And Ezra prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.” (Ezra 7:10). This verse is a summary of Ezra’s life and purpose. He was determined to fully accept the Lord’s direction in life. We as Christians need to be prepared, just as Ezra was, to accept the Lord’s direction no matter where it takes us. The Lord’s direction will always place us at a higher and deeper level than we are at right now. This desire came from Ezra’s deep conviction and reverence for God. This led him to seek out the Lord’s will in His revealed Word, the Scriptures.
But others, like Ezra, have had no problem in understanding it. There is a whole list of just plain, regular folks in Romans 16 who all understood it quite well. Timothy is said to have understood it from a child.
Jesus said that some would never understand.
Some complain that the Lord’s will is too difficult to understand. – Matthew 13:10-13
- 10- And the disciples came and said to him, “ Why do you speak to them in parables?”
- 11- He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
- 12-For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.
- 13-Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
But it was not because of a lack of ability but rather a lack of will. They have unprepared hearts. To understand, Jesus insisted that one must desire to have God in his or her life. He or she must be willing to have open eyes, have open ears and have a prepared heart.