“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.”

Luke 8:13

When settlers came to this country years ago to begin new lives, the land offered was not familiar to them. History records that often the soil was rocky and unsuitable for planting crops which would keep them alive. Thus began the arduous task of removing the rocks and amending the soil, a job which even today hasn’t ended for some farmers.

Often on my morning walk, I encounter plants springing up from cracks in the cement or asphalt. In these unlikely places where there would seem to be no chance for growth, there is beauty bursting forth. How can this be? It sets my thoughts to remembering that for God’s children, Jesus is the Redeemer who causes miraculous growth in the rocky soil of our lives, too.

We all share the common condition of the sin nature and the need for a Savior. But many are given no foundation of faith in their formative years, perhaps even growing up in abusive or neglectful homes. The soil of their hearts is rocky. Yet God reaches down, providing rootedness in the soil of His perfect love.




Scripture Focus

Luke 8:11-15

Insight

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” (Luke 19:10)

Bible In A Year

  • Deuteronomy 33-34
  • Psalm 96
  • Acts 20