Matthew 13: 18-23
verse 22: The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.
We all can relate to this passage, I am sure. This verse reminds me to watch for the thorns keeping me from hearing and taking in God’s word. Although there are many times I am fully prepared and ready to hear and to learn, there are other times when God’s word is wasted on me. I used to read this parable and think, “which soil am I?”, as if it was a description of people and we all fit in one or the other category. But I can see how we each may be each type of soil, at times. Sometimes I am not listening, sometimes I am preoccupied, sometimes I have other things I feel I need to do. I will strive to be good soil more often, more receptive, less cluttered and less shallow.
Lord above, I know many of my weaknesses, you know all of them. Help me to listen and take in your teaching. I am so thankful for your many blessings. Amen
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