“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. 6 Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” Luke 8:5-8
As we read further into this chapter from verses 11-15, Jesus goes on to explain the parable. He tells how the seed is the Word of God. He gives examples of how the seeds which fell on rocky ground, are like people who receive the Word with joy, but it never really takes root. The seed which falls on the thorns stands for those who hear it, but are caught up in life’s worries, riches or pleasures and the seed never matures. Finally the seed which falls on good soil, stands for those with good hearts who hear the Word, retain it and grow in their faith.
When I read my Bible and spend time in prayer, is my heart where it needs to be? Am I distracted? Am I making time to really let the Word soak in and be applied? Am I being “still,” so I can hear from God?
Lord, I pray my heart will be soft and open to absorb what you say in your Word. I pray as I prayerfully read my Bible, you will continue to lead me to a place of greater understanding, intimacy with you and continued transformation in how I live. Amen.