We talked this past Sunday about the parables of the Sower. It was interesting to read this parable and think about which circumstances I tend to fall in. As much as we want to believe we’re all the good soil, as someone mentioned in our class, I believe at times we can fall back into one of or more of the three not good soils. For me I tend to fall back into the soils among the thorns. I tend to get focused on my circumstances that surround me, the worries and attractions of the world and not focus on God. Like Peter, I believe its easy to see the wind and the waves and take my eyes off Jesus because its the wind and waves I can see and not the workings of Jesus behind the scenes. We need to focus on the One who, as Oswald Chambers has written, engineers our circumstances, instead of the circumstances themselves.
In the context of this parable, God is the Sower and His Word is the seed. but if Jesus truly lives in us as believers, we should be sowers as well. We should be the ones encouraging those we’re around and speaking God’s Word and Truths. Unfortunately we won’t have successful seeds in all that we sow, but who knows when something we say may finally germinate into a rich and fruitful plant of Jesus’s. To me its like bird hunting. I like to dove hunt in the fall. Legally I can carry three shells at a time in my shotgun and I tend to carry about 50 shell with me in my game bag. Because I don’t get to practice much, I tend to go through all three shells when shooting at a single dove, sometimes I hit on the first shot sometimes I miss with all three and once or twice I have hit two doves on one reload. But I know my chances are higher with three shells as opposed to a single shot shotgun and to shoot a dove it only takes one pellet from the shell. If I don’t pull the trigger I go home with an empty bag.
The other thing about the good soil is that I believe it desires the seed to grow. One can only be fruitful if one desires to be fruitful. David was known as a man after God’s own heart. We all know of David’s downfalls, but he truly desired to have a relationship with God and I believe God counted him as faithful because of his desire to know God and be drawn near to Him.
John 16:32“Behold, an hour is coming, and has already come, for you to be scattered, each to his own home, and to leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. 33“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”