As always, I find reading Luke 8:4-15 very sobering.
Let’s look at the highlights.
When sown, some seed falls…
– on the path
– on rocky soil
– among thorns
– on good soil
As you probably know, the seed refers to the Word of God; the soil, our hearts.
In my life, did the Word fall upon the path? No, I believe the Scriptures are true. One down; three to go.
Is my heart filled with rocky soil? Well, at times I would have said yes. The times of testing – though, if I’m honest, haven’t been anything like what others face – tripped me up a little. Even during my darkest times, I knew there really was nowhere else to go. I might not understand the Lord or His ways, but I know I can count on them.
The next type of soil I’d rather not discuss. This is the part that always trips me up. Listen to it from the ESV. “And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life…” (v. 14).
How will I pay my bills?
Should I find a job flipping burgers?
Should we move into a smaller place?
How can we help our kids when we have debt to pay off?
And on it goes.
What do I want?
I want a heart of good soil. I want to hear the Word, hold fast, and bear much fruit.
What can I do about it?
I can read the Scriptures and meditate on them. I can pray. I can fellowship with believers.
I can trust Him to provide for our needs and show me what steps to take.
I have to count on him to work up the soil and bring forth an abundant harvest for His honour and His glory.