Let me take my paga in another direction. Are you a self seeder when you are overwhelmed? David was. 1 Samuel 30 is a great chapter to glean personal application from. This is how I picture it in my mind. David and his men were exhausted. As they began to climb the last hill towards Ziklag, they knew that they were almost home. They crested the hill and saw their town was burned and there was no one around. Verse 4 says that they, “…lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep.” Can you relate?
What would you have done? Since David was the leader, his men turned against him. They were going to stone him! In the light of that understanding verse 6 says, “…But David strengthened himself in the Lord.” David was a self seeder. His relationship with the Lord sustained him through this cataclysmic event.
When you are overwhelmed, what do you do? Are you a self seeder? Do you have His propagating seed in your heart? If Psalm 61:1-2 was hidden in your heart it would give you inner strength. The Holy Spirit would bring it to your mind and sustain you with it. It says, “Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
Psalm 18:1-3 gives us a glimpse into David’s self seeder relationship with the Lord. It says, “I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies.”
Isaiah 55:10-11 says, “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” He is our Seed-Provider through His word.
When we hide God’s word in our heart it becomes a reservoir for the Holy Spirit to draw from. Jeremiah 1:11 says that God watches over His word to perform it. The Hebrew word for watches means: anticipating the return of fruit, alert, diligent. He loves His word that is hidden in our heart. He often uses it when He intercepts us with a paga.
Evil thoughts (Matthew 15:19) self seed. They are like weed seeds that propagate in the garden of our heart. They choke out His word. We have to be diligent to overcome evil with good. I encourage you to watch what you are self seeding. You will reap what kind of seed you sow. Back to my ‘paga’ flower. The old made ready for the new. Renewing our mind with truth that will set us free and keep us free, causes the old to fall off and the new to self sow.