Reference text: Matthew 13:18-23
Matthew 13:19 When anyone hears news of the kingdom and doesn’t take it in, it just remains on the surface, and so the Evil One comes along and plucks it right out of that person’s heart. This is the seed the farmer scatters on the road.
I have read this verse a number of times but this question just struck me as I read it today. For starters, the word remains on the surface and did not have the impact it was meant to so we might say: ‘then that settles it- the enemy has won’. Why then does ‘the evil one’ have to go the extra mile to ensure that it is plucked out of a person’s heart so that not even remnants of the word remains, even if dormant?( think about this for a moment)
Your answer may be the same as mine- for fear that the seed sown will unconsciously be watered and spring up. Such is the potency of the word of God that the enemy will prefer a bunch of ‘Wordless’ Christians to a handful of those who munch on the word of God each day. This is because as the Psalmist writes ‘your word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path’ : a Christian without the word is technically off course, just like a sailor without his compass.
The believer cannot afford to have every word of God heard be taken away just like that because ignorance of the word amounts to nothing but oppression. Many of the actions we take or the decisions we take are guided by the quantity and quality of knowledge we possess. Bearing in mind the trove of knowledge hidden in the word of God, we cannot afford to miss out on this by staying ‘dry’ when we ought to be watered with His word.
When Jesus was tempted, He overcame with the word: We also have to start by embracing the fact that the Word of God is more than just a rule book but rather as a blueprint meant for daily living. It contains a clear expose on our love story with God and how we can live the victorious life He has destined for us. Thus like Joshua, let us meditate on this word day and night so we can overcome the many hurdles along our way.
Remember # A Christian without the Word is comparable to a walking time bomb.