Gentle rain is the perfect type of rain that all plants need in order to survive and thrive. This is also characteristic of the Word of Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God]. His Word is the perfect provision for life and nourishment for all who will receive it.
Yahushua [the Hebrew name for Jesus] said, “the words I speak unto you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). The Words of the Bible give abundant life to all who will receive and believe them!
Because the Words of the Bible are alive and so powerfully effective and significant, hearing God’s Word causes very different reactions in different people. (Hebrews 4:12)
Among the tender-hearted, the Word of Yahuwah is like gentle rain on tender grass (Deuteronomy 32:2). The tender-hearted respond to, and obey God’s written Words just as the tender grass flourishes and eagerly drinks in the gentle rain or the morning dew .
The tender-hearted understand that God’s Word is truth-FULL, trust-worthy, and reviving! They learn that God’s Word is everything them — that it is divinely inspired with life, because it is “living, active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, discerning the thoughts and motives of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
The tender-hearted bow before the King of the universe, grateful to receive His written Words [the Bible], just as the tender grass gratefully bows down under a gentle rain. The tender-hearted accept, and desire daily, to take in the ‘moisture’ of God’s Word, because they know that His Word is the only reliable source of wisdom and truth. God’s Word is the only true and pure source of nourishment, support, and refreshment for spirit, soul, and body .
The tender-hearted learn to be sensitive to the still, small voice of Yahuwah as they study His Word. They are attentive to listen carefully to the profound guidance of His Holy Spirit. They seek diligently His direction, His counsel, and His warnings, yearning for His LIFE-giving insight.
For the tender-hearted, Father’s Words are “the fragrance of Life“ (2Corinthians 2:16), giving them hope, filling them with the wonder and awe of His glorious creation and beauty.
But among the hard-hearted, the Word of Yahuwah is like a hammer. The hard-hearted reject God’s written Word, and its truth, just as a nail refuses to bend under the force of a hammer. A nail is a good example of the hard-hearted — unbending, rigid, stubborn .
Many people are actually attracted to, and prefer, a hard heart because having a hard heart implies human strength, assurance, and independence. To the hard-hearted, tenderness is unattractive because it seems weak, yielded, and aimless. The hard-hearted will jerk away and snarl if touched by the power of God’s Words. For them, the Word of Yahuwah is “the odor of death“ (see 2Corinthians 2:16).
No one needs to be taught to be hard, proud, self-important, or independent. We are all born that way. But when we yield ourselves to our Creator; when we sincerely begin to take in the truth of God’s written Words, then He removes the hard heart from us. He then gives us a new heart of tender-heartedness (see Ezekiel 36:26-27). This new, tender heart allows us to receive the nurturing strength and guidance that God’s Word provides. This new heart enables us to earnestly desire to listen to God’s Word, and to walk according to God’s ways, and shun our own stubborn ways.
Having a tender heart is something to be cultivated, learned, practiced, and nurtured. Having a tender heart requires courage, passion, and strength. There is nothing wimpy about a tender heart!
Often the bending, yielded quality of a tender heart happens to those who have known the pain of persecution, despair, defeat, and shame. Such people have learned, and benefited, from their trials. They have come to understand the fearful consequences of a stubborn and haughty nature! They have learned to be open to correction and instruction. They know and welcome the outcome of genuine repentance and forgiveness .
The tender-hearted have become tenderized, even beautiful, through afflictions:
The enduring beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit
is very precious in God’s sight.
May each one of us be as King Josiah. When he heard Yahuwah’s written Words — he was tender-hearted, humble, and obedient! Thus his prayers were heard! (see 2Chronicles 34:14-33)
The tender-hearted desire earnestly to receive and obey the life-changing Words of the Bible: God’s message to mankind. The tender-hearted know and value Yahuwah’s love for them. Therefore they love Yahuwah’s WORD, just as the tender grass loves the gentle rain.
- 2Kings 22:19; Deut 32:2
- Eph 5:26; Titus 3:5
- Jer 23:29; Heb 3:15-19; Jer 5:20-23
- Psalms 119:67,71; 85:8; Matt 6:14,15; 2Cor 7:10; Eph 4:31,32
The companion posts in this series are:
- His Word-Like Sweet Honey
- His Word-Like a Sword
- His Word-Better Than Gold
- His Word-Higher Than the Heavens
- How Can I Satisfy My Thirsty Soul
- The Word – or The Spirit
- Thy Torah is My Delight
- 4 Keys to Discerning the Guidance of the Holy Spirit
- Under His Wings I Shall Trust
- The Holy Spirit Will Guide You Into All Truth
- The Way of the LORD