God's word in my heart
At that same time Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and he said, “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way. “My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” Then when they were alone, he turned to the disciples and said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you have seen. I tell you, many prophets and kings longed to see what you see, but they didn’t see it. And they longed to hear what you hear, but they didn’t hear it.” Luke 10:21-24 When heart is filled with pride, it becomes a hindrance from hearing the word of God. From the text, the Lord Jesus Christ commended the disciples for they were willing to listen to the word of God. Once pride overcomes a person, the ability to submit and trust God becomes difficult. This is what happens to people overcome with sin; they trust their own knowledge and abilities. “Their sinful minds have made them proud, and they are not connected to Christ” (Colossians 2:18-19). The Pharisees in the time of the disciples were puffed up with knowledge and information about God but they did not have relationship with God. As the text described them, they “think themselves wise and clever.” They did not manifest trust and dependence on God. They filled up their minds with knowledge but failed to submit to God. It was to those who had childlike attitude that God revealed Himself. Christ told His disciples that the Father was pleased to do it this way. This is also what He said when the disciples tried to stop the children from coming to Jesus. He used the occasion to describe the attitude of people who want to belong in His Kingdom. “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children” (Matthew 19:14). When you start to develop an unteachable heart, you will find it difficult to hear God and submit to His will. You deceive yourself that you know better what needs to happen to your life and that you do not need God’s help and direction. Do not allow yourself to be blinded with pride that you will not listen to God. There are so many great truths that God want to reveal to you. He wants to bless your life with the truth that comes from His word and you could easily miss these things if you start to have an unteachable heart. So when you read and meditate on God’s word today, allow Him to speak to you and be willing to do what He asks you to do. “Humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves” (James 1:21-22).