The seed of God’s word is always capable of producing a harvest.
Matthew 13:23
23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.” 
The word of God is depicted here as seeds being sown into the ground. Jesus indicates that the seed remains the same, regardless of the outcome–whether the harvest is large, small, or nonexistent…the seed was the same in each case. The difference in the outcome, is the quality of the soil into which the seed is sown. Some hearts are tilled, prepared, and ready to grow a harvest. Some hearts are stony, hard, and unwilling to allow the seeds of God’s word to take root.
The seed of God’s word is always capable of producing a harvest.
I want God’s word to flourish in my heart, and I want my life to bear the harvest that God wants to see in me. This means that my heart must remain prepared to receive and understand God’s word! There have been many seasons in my life when I’ve allowed my heart to become hard and stony, and refused to allow God’s word to change me. I’ve allowed the challenges and struggles of life to cause me to become hard, walled-off, and unwilling to let anything in.
I don’t want to be that way again! Instead, I want to allow God to use my circumstances and even my struggles to keep the soil of my heart turned and the clods broken up, so that His word could easily take root in me and yield the fruit that He wants to see. The same pressure that can compact the soil, is the same force which God can use to break up the stubborn clods.
This week, I need to be mindful of how I react to pressure. Do I allow it to compact the soil of my heart into a hard and unyielding barrier, or do I allow God to use the difficult seasons of my life to make me more ready to grow, more eager to absorb His word, and more capable of producing the harvest that He desires to see in me?  
God, thank you for your word which is always powerful, always true, always applicable, and always life-giving. Help me to keep my heart prepared to receive your word, and give me understanding to not just hear your word but also let it take root within me. May my life produce the fruit and the harvest that you desire to see in me! 
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