Using Difficult Circumstances To Cultivate Your Heart

Proverbs 12:11 Dissected & Defined

He that tilleth (cultivates) his land shall be satisfied with bread (provender): but he that followeth vain (empty) persons is void (lacking) of understanding.

Daily-Devo Paraphrase

Society’s prevailing philosophy is the “have it your way—right away” mentality. We are a generation that can meet all our needs without too much effort. It has bred laziness and ungratefulness in its people.

This is true spiritually also. Just like a land that needs cultivation to produce fruit in order that it may meet one’s needs, so this is true as well for our Christian walk. Our spiritual needs are best met when we diligently cultivate the soil of our heart.

It has been said that anything worth having is worth working for. A vibrant Spirit-filled life does not come by chance. It is hard work. However, we don’t perform the work. The work of our life is the responsibility of the Holy Spirit. Our full-time job is to simply yield to His cultivating process.

Difficult Circumstances Develop Our Relationship

God intends to use difficult circumstances in our life to break up the fallow ground of our heart. He wants to cultivate within our heart that which is true, honest, and just (Phil. 4:8). The “tilling” is painful. His pressure at times is consistent. But the fruit that tillage will bear will be unbelievably beneficial. Yes, the relationship that is developed by the Holy Spirit is well worth the pruning process.

However, a Christian that “opts out” of our Creator’s cultivation misses out on the dynamic love relationship this process is intended to bring. When we take a pass on the pruning, poking, and prodding that our Persuader is performing, we will live a life absent of plenty. We will be empty.

Difficult Circumstances Are Good For Us

Solomon says that the person that chooses to avoid cultivation will face starvation. So it is true in my life that when I reject this process of personal, persuasive cultivation by the Lord that I will find myself empty in the face of adversity. My heart becomes hardened and fallow. My choices to deal with the dilemma seem limited.

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Steve Curington grew up in a Christian home and graduated from North Love Christian School in 1984. After high school, Steve started a 10-year addiction to alcoholism and cocaine. After a serious car accident, Steve found complete sobriety through his relationship with Jesus Christ. After his recovery in 1996, Steve began Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addiction ministry. What started as a humble, Friday night addiction class with four regular attendees in Rockford, Illinois, grew to a class of more than 300 people from the community and then spread to other churches across the country and around the world. The founder of Reformers Unanimous International (RU) died suddenly on October 30, 2010. Mr. Curington, a husband and father of five children, was only 45, but he accomplished more in his 15 years of ministry than many do in a lifetime. We know his work, his writing, his voice, and his reach will live on.

4 thoughts on “Using Difficult Circumstances To Cultivate Your Heart

  1. Very thought provoking post. Thank you.

  2. Very thought provoking post. Thank you.

  3. I love the aspect of it being “hard work” ,but we don't do it…..HE does….Miss you all more than you know…..God Bless

  4. I love the aspect of it being “hard work” ,but we don't do it…..HE does….Miss you all more than you know…..God Bless

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