“Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away”
Sometimes the rocks are visible and sometimes not. Nevertheless the result can be similar. The young plants wither because they cannot establish their roots and get proper access to what they need.
The way we receive the Word of God is all important. Some give it no importance at all – it never penetrates their defences and lives. They have closed minds to the glory of God and hard hearts to anything other than their own priorities.
Others receive it at a very shallow level. It can be very easy to become excited by the Word in congenial surroundings and coupled with emotional praise and worship. However when those times are over and our real world re-asserts itself so much of our enthusiasm can disappear. “When the fierce glare of the sun (temptation and persecution) beats upon them, their spiritual life shrivels up.”
The problem is not that the Word of God is less powerful than the rock – it is just not given a chance. In the desert God told Moses to speak to the rock and ‘it will pour out its water.’ However Moses disobeyed Him and struck the rock instead, which he had done before. For not trusting and obeying God he was then prohibited from entering the Promised Land.
God’s Word is powerful. Received reverently, treasured prayerfully and lived faithfully it is life-changing and life-giving.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24)
‘God said it – I believe it – that settles it’ (Smith Wigglesworth)
Lord soften my heart, open my mind and let Your Word live within me. Amen.