July 5, 2019

A Heart for God

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – July 5, 2019

The seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.  Luke 8:15

A heart for God is nurtured by the Word of God. Just as the stomach receives good food so the body can grow, so a healthy heart receives nutritious morsels from a meal of Scripture. The spiritual development process begins with a heart hungry for God. A soft soul takes in truth and gives it time to deepen its roots in righteousness. Tests of trust come, but a humble heart stays true to its commitment to Christ. Faith perseveres and retains God’s Word.

Beware of Satan’s attempt to snatch away the seed from your pathway of faith and obedience. When you accept Christ by faith and obey His commands by grace, you hide the seed of God’s Word from the snare of the enemy. Truth applied to your life cannot be taken by the devil. He trolls the surface of your thinking, trying to steal away the Word. However, when you hide holy Scripture deep in your heart, you are safe from the thief’s clutches. You are saved!

“Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him” (1 Samuel 3:7).

The word of the Lord allows you to know the Lord. Therefore, pace yourself in the grace of God so you continue to grow in your faith. It is not how early you start with God that counts, but how far you go over a lifetime. Don’t allow trials to take away your joy in Jesus. You can still smile on the inside, even when you are suffering on the outside. The tests of your faith teach forgiveness and grace in your relationships. Life lessons empower you to love more effectively.

Cares of this world must not block us from learning the Bible and becoming better followers of Christ. Worry can keep us from the Word of God, or the Word of God can keep us from worry. Therefore, it’s imperative that we quietly meditate on Scripture so the Spirit can clearly speak to our heart with reassuring words of hope, wisdom, and encouragement. Once we are rooted and grounded with a heart for God, our heavenly Father multiplies the fruit of our faith in other faithful lives. 

“We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away” (Hebrews 2:1).


Heavenly Father, may my humble heart be fertile ground to receive Your Word, so You can grow my faith and the faith of those I influence for You.


What heart affection do I need to release, so I can embrace more of God’s word?

Related Reading

Psalm 18:30; Matthew 4:4; John 8:51; Acts 12:24; 1 Peter 1:24-25

Today’s reading is from Boyd’s 90 day devotional book: Two Minutes in the Bible With Jesus

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