Scripture for Today: Matthew 13:20-21 “The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the Word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arise because of the Word, immediately he falls away.”
I love having lots of land around our rented French house. However, there is no lawn and there is no patio or asphalt. To keep the dust down, our landlord puts in tons of small gravel. Driving over it, we have picked up some of those rocks in the carriage of the car. From time to time our landlord delivers more as they eventually disappear, to where I do not know! The rocks discourage the weeds from growing so I am always glad to have a new batch.
In today’s passage Jesus describes several kinds of soil, representing men’s hearts. The rocky soil represents the person who seems to accept and understand the Gospel. He is even enthusiastic in the beginning. But when (not if) troubles arrive this person renounces his faith.
When the Gospel is shared with promises of a smooth easy life, we are sowing the seed of God’s Word on rocky soil. If healing or financial ease is expected with acceptance of Christ then we are mixing rocks in with that seed; rocks that will take one down! That kind of thin soil keeps one from putting down permanent roots that will withstand life’s trials.
Hard times are part of every life. It is a rocky road for every Christian. But I can stay faithful and not fall away when my roots are deep in His love and the truth of His Word. Lord, keep me rooted and grounded in You!