When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, immediately satan, the evil one, the devil, comes and snatches (takes) away what has been sown (the word) in his heart, so that they may not believe and be saved. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road. (From Matthew 13: 19, Mark 4: 15, Luke 8: 12 NASB * See comments below)
The first landing area for our seed is the roadside. Matthew gives us just a little hint to why the devil has open season with the Word of God when it is sewn into these heavily trodden places – lack of understanding.
A story comes to mind when I think about satan stealing truth.
There once lived a man and woman in the most amazing place. It was like Eden – oh – in fact it was Eden, and this couple was Adam and Eve.
God told Adam:
“From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17 NASB)
Clearly Adam passed this info on to Eve, however from the way Eve tells it, the emphasis may have changed slightly. Do you see the change?
“From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you die.’” (Genesis 3:2-3 NASB)
Eve added “or touch it” to the actual restriction God put on the tree.
satan (it is lower case on purpose – he does not get the respect of a proper address) comes in and twists Eve’s understanding even further, and plants a seed of suspicions about God’s motives in her heart.
“For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:5 NASB)
The enemy causes Eve to wonder if God is good, and His intentions are in her favor, or if He is motivated by self-preservation and is trying to keep her down.
Wow – we do this all the time.
We look at our circumstances and blame God for “allowing” things in our life, or in the lives of those around us.
We take what satan himself has done (take for example school-house shootings) and wonder what God was thinking when He did it.
We look at horrendous natural disasters and again point the finger at God.
Then when God’s Word comes to us, because we don’t understand that God is good, or we re-define good to include some of the most heinous activity the world has ever seen, we miss the wonderful blessings it (the Word) holds, and satan has carried away the Word like a bird of the air collecting seed at the side of the road.
We look at our plight and see no hope, even when we sit with a lap full of promises and guarantees. We turn the Word of God into so much bird food. [Tweet This]
It is time, folks, for us to believe God and get to know this good God we serve. Otherwise His Word is wasted on us.
See you tomorrow and we will look at the stony ground. Don’t miss it.
* The 3 passages have been interwoven using colors to show which passage each word originates from. I have not added anything, just pulled from the NASB in each case. Red text is from Matthew, green from Mark and blue from Luke.