No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.
The word “draw” here means–to draw by inward power, lead, impel
It is God who draws us to Him. In drawing He also reveals Himself to us.
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.
The word “reveal”—to uncover, lay open what has been veiled, to disclose, make manifest.
Jehovah appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore, with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
How does God draw us? I would say it is different and personal for each of us but always with lovingkindness. As I look back on my life, I can see His hand drawing me for a few years before I gave my life to Him. At the time, I did not realize He was drawing me. For Paul it was a bright light that blinded him for three days.
God was drawing a eunuch to Him and used Phillip to help this man understand some scriptures about Jesus. The eunuch had a hunger to learn. God often plants a hunger to draw us closer.
So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.
And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?”
The eunuch was asking questions which was an outward manifestation of an inner hunger to learn about God. God was drawing John Newton as well.
“The hymn opened with a powerful line: “Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound) That sav’d a wretch like me!” And it drew on Newton’s own experience as a slave trader — specifically, from a near-death experience he’d had decades earlier, when the slave ship he was on encountered a violent storm, prompting him to convert to Christianity. (Newton wrote Amazing Grace in 1772 but didn’t speak out against slavery until 1788.)”
Something else is happening when He draws us.
As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.
When God draws us, He is plowing the soil of our hearts so He can plant His word in us, and it will take root. This is a scripture near to my heart. Before I came to Him, I did not realize He was plowing the soil of my heart. Shortly after I gave my life to Him, I came across this parable of God planting His word in us. When I read the parable, I broke down in tears realizing He had been tiling the soil in my heart for some time and it was rich and ready for His word to grow. The parable also talks about hard hearts and thorny soil. For years this was the condition of my heart but as He began drawing me, He was loosening the soil so He could plant His word.
God seems to use many things in the drawing process that are different and unique for each of His children. From these few scriptures we see that He uses people and circumstances to plow the soil of our hearts. In His own time, He will reveal His gospel, but the plowing does not stop as we grow deeper into His word. He wants to keep the soil of our hearts rich and ready to receive His word no matter how old we are in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 3:6
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 1 Corinthians 3:7
So, neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.
As we grow in the Lord, He will use us to water and plant His word and He will use others to do the same in us.
Lord, we thank you for drawing us to You. May You continue to keep the soil of our hearts ready to bear Your fruit and may You use us to water (encourage) others.