Hebrews 4:2 says, “For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.”
Everyone heard the same message. Some believed and some did not. The difference? It takes heart engagement through faith to profit in our walk with the Lord. I often ask the Lord to help me see beyond the print. He is so desirous to reveal Himself through His word.
I want to embrace how He wants to reveal Himself in my daily reading. I just love how He speaks through His word to my present circumstances. His word is timeless. Last year I read the book of Jeremiah. As I am reading it now, my life is in a totally different season. Jeremiah 2:11 gave me new insight that challenged my heart.
John 6:63 says, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” Our faith has to be in God’s ability to do what He has purposed. It cannot be in what we want Him to do, because that ‘want’ is flesh driven.
Jeremiah 9:24 says, “But let him that glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight, says the Lord.”
Think of the parable of the sower. When we turn aside, our heart will not embrace the word. Stony ground hearts hear the word, but they don’t mix it with faith. When they fall into trials, they wither. Thorny ground chokes out the word so that it is not profitable.
2 Kings 19:30 was talking about the remnant of Israel. We can apply these words to our lives. It says, “…shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward.” Colossians 2:7 says, “Rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”
Hmm. No one wants to bite into a bitter juiceless fruit that is borne from our flesh. The deeper we are rooted in faith, the more our walk will be profitable. We embrace His word, mix it with faith, and apply it to our lives. The result will be inner transformation that exemplifies the character of Jesus. Our fruit will be sweet and succulent which others will desire to eat.