Homeowners in a Tallahassee neighborhood did not share my appreciation for these beautiful birds. That’s because they roamed the streets, entering garages and making a nuisance of themselves. And for anyone trying to plant a lawn, they considered the seeds as their personal lunch buffet! But they would only go after the seeds lying on the surface. All it takes is a fourth inch of soil to discourage them.
Today’s verse is part of the parable of the sower. The seeds sown did not sprout and grow as they were quickly devoured by birds. Jesus explains that those who hear the Word but do not understand it are prey to the evil one who snatches away what was sown, before it can take root (verse 19). That seed is exposed and vulnerable without the topsoil of understanding. The understanding of His Word keeps the seed safe, rooted and growing. And this understanding comes from the Son of God who is true (I John 5:20). When one quickly gets into God’s Word with the understanding He offers, than those birds have no chance to snatch it away!
How vitally important it is that the seed of salvation in me is protected by understanding His Word! The more I read, study and meditate, the more I am protected from the deception of the evil one. He can not snatch away what is taking root and growing. And understanding His Word is a lifelong process. I can never close the book and think, there….I know it completely. It is the Spirit of His Son that speaks to me and brings to light something new each time I open it.
Thank you, Lord, that You give me Your understanding.