Daily D – Luke 8:11
This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.
LUKE 8:11 (CSB)
What kind of soil am I?
This is not the same thing as asking, “What kind of soil was I?” The kind of soil I was when I met Jesus is different from what it is today. What kind of soil am I today?
When Jesus told this parable in its original setting with its original audience, the message was somewhat veiled. No one fully comprehended what he said unless they wanted to. This seems to be the meaning of verse 8 when Jesus says, “Let anyone who has ears to hear listen.”
His disciples wanted more, and so they asked, “What does this parable mean?”
Jesus then talked about different kinds of soil. There was the heavily-trod pathway, there was rocky soil, there was soil full of thorns, and there was good soil. Jesus said three out of four soils do not permit fruitful and productive growth.
There have been times in my life when I heard God’s word and it bounced right off of me. There have been times when I was interested in what God’s word said, but then I got more interested in something else. There have been times when I heard God’s word, but I was also listening to other voices and paid more attention to them.
Then there have been those seasons of life when I heard God’s word and it had its full effect in my life because I was ready for whatever God wanted to say to me.
Today, what about today? What kind of soil am I today? Do I really want to hear God’s words of truth and life? Do I want to align and attune my life with those words? Do I have ears to hear? Do I have a willing and obedient heart? Can God trust me, like Abraham, to walk before him, and be blameless? (See Genesis 17:1.)
I have followed Jesus for a long time now. I have walked with Jesus through many adventures. Dare I trust God’s word to have its full effect on my life and so walk before him in faith? Dare I take off the training wheels?
The day is early and it is time for us to decide what kind of soil we will be today. May these words describe us:
I will hear God’s word with an honest and good heart, and I will hold onto it and endure trusting God to produce fruit.
Our Father, I am not the soil marked by people on errands to sundry ends. I am not the rocky soil that prevents deep roots. I am not the soil crowded with thorns. I am the soil ready and receptive for whatever you want to say, whatever you want to do. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.