We are musing over the dead lawn that I have. We saw in Job 12:7 (HCSB) "But ask the animals, and they will instruct you; ask the birds of the sky, and they will tell you." We then compared this verse with learning spiritual lessons from a lawn that had "winterkill." And in this, we considered the fact that when we allow the frost, snow, and ice of life, and the variance of being hot or cold for Jesus, we spiritually can experience winterkill. Not loss of salvation, but the loss of relationship and the beauty of it. We discovered to restore the lawn it would take me doing some things - rake, aeriate, seed, water, and wait. We have considered that the dead needs to be removed before the joy can be restored. The hardened ground (heart) needs to be aerated (plowed) to receive the seed.
The proper seed needs to be sown in my front yard to produce the beautiful lawn that I once had. To grown centipede grass, obviously then centipede seed needs to be sown.
To restore the joy of our salvation, obviously the proper seed needs to be sown in our lives. To have the proper relationship with God, we need the righteousness of Jesus Christ. We received His righteousness when we accepted Him as our Savior. But, the cares and iniquity of the world crept in and removed our joy. So, the correct seed is the Word of God. Jesus teaches this in Matthew 13: 3-9. Let us listen to Him - “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Jesus explains this later, and in Luke 8:11 He says, "The seed is the word of God."
If we want to have the joy of our relationship restored, we need to be re-seeded with the Word of God. We need to daily spend time in God's Word receiving the facts, truths, and lessons that will bring us into a closer walk and relationship with Jesus.
Today, begin (if you haven't already) to make it a daily habit to spend time in God's Word. Study it, read it, seek out Him who loves you to the fullest. Get the right kind of seed today to find the right kind of beauty in your life.
Tomorrow we will look at the next step - Watering, and on Monday we will consider the last step - Waiting.