The Dangers of Roadside Faith
“When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road.” (Matthew 13:19, NASB)
In this passage, Jesus explains the Kingdom Principle of Seedtime and Harvest using the parable of the sower who throws seeds beside the road. We have worldly expressions for the point Jesus was making here. We hear: (1) “If it is important, you have to repeat it several times and come back to see if they got it.” (2) “It just went in one ear and out the other.” (3) “I feel like I have to start over with her every day.” (4) “I am so frustrated, it seems like he forgot everything we talked about yesterday.”
As leaders, managers, supervisors and parents, we have all faced this situation and wondered what happened. In this verse, Jesus gives us the answer. God’s Word (seeds) was spoken and eternal truth was shared. Sadly, Satan grabs the words, twists the truth and introduces a lie. Over time, the lie (twisted seed) takes root in the person’s heart. God’s Word and godly truth never made it from the heart to the mind. Truth seeds failed to take root. We see this play out often in the church. The person hears the message and even expresses agreement with a hearty “Amen.” Before the Word can take root in their heart, renew their mind, and lead them to a new way of thinking and behaving, Satan grabs the truth and replaces it with a lie. Faith, renewal and spiritual growth are dependent on God’s Word seeds. No seed, no faith, no growth.
Child of God, are you planting God’s Word (seed) deep in your heart? Do you ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you and reveal the hidden mysteries behind the Word? Do you confront Satan and rebuke him with the Word every time you feel confused, anxious, or troubled? I encourage you to pray and ask for wisdom and discernment today. Ask God to anoint you with His grace, to protect and equip you, so you can overcome every danger on the road of faith.
Father, thank You for planting Your Word (seed) deep in my heart. Holy Spirit, help me to receive God’s truth and renew my mind daily that my faith will grow strong and healthy. Protect me from all of Satan’s attacks as I walk on the road of faith. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.