“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”
“The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.” – Luke 8:5-8, 14
The pastor preached about not being anxious, but he obviously has no concept of reality, Shana thought to herself as she sat in the pew. As the pastor continued to share God’s good news, Shana’s thoughts were elsewhere. The car needed new brakes. How was she going to pay for that? Her final exams were next week, too. Not to mention that the hours at her job were changing. Her stomach tightened as she wondered how she was going to do all this.
If we refuse to listen to what God has to say, we will not be empowered by his Spirit to follow Jesus in obedience and know that we will be provided for. Fully holding on to God’s promises takes an intentional choice by us. Either we believe or we don’t. We can’t half believe for that is really no belief at all. If we believe, we can mature in our spiritual journey, if we don’t, we are stuck where we are—we are choked. Living free and in abundance of what God has for us can be achieved…just watch the Master.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your promises. I pray that I will not lose my focus and look to the world rather than look to you who owns everything. Amen
Faith Tip: Is there an area in your life where you are not believing God and trusting him? Consider who is better at handling this, you or God.