05 Dec Doug 11/28/18
SOAP with Pastor Doug
Ezekiel 36:9 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
9 Look! I am on your side; I will turn toward you, and you will be tilled and sown.
As I read through my one-year reading Bible, my reading selection for today included a couple of chapters in Ezekiel. And this particular verse just jumped off the page. It’s easy to read through the Old Testament prophets and get bogged-down in the weeds, thinking, “these old promises were for the nation of Israel… how does this apply to me?” Oh, but we can stand on these promises too! Remember, all of scripture is God-breathed and useful to us, now. It is the living word of God, and all of it points to Jesus!
With that in mind, as I was reading through this passage, I had to stop and meditate on verse 9. “Tilled and sown.” Sunday morning, I preached on how the fruit of the Spirit is that: fruit. And so, as fruit, it starts out as seed. It is planted, in good soil, and it spouts, grows, and bears fruit. We are the soil, and the Lord is our gardener. He’s going to till our hearts, and sow His seed. The act of tilling will disturb some weeds, and that’s good. They need to come out. Let’s yield to the tilling.
Let that be our prayer today, “God, come, and till the soil of my heart. I surrender to Your hand. Let’s uproot the weeds. Lord, I want to be good soil. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.”