4 And when a great crowd came together and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable: 5
"A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6
And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. 7
And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. 8
And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold."
As he said this, he called out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
9 And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, 10 he said, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. 11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved. 13 And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. 14 And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.
Wisdom has prepared a great banquet, mixed the wines, and set the table.
Have you ever noticed that each year Thanksgiving is different from the last? New people, places and situations.
Marriage is different one year to the next as well. Just because two people are married doesn't mean they are having the same year. I've been married 28 years. I've been well cared for some years and sorta ignored at times. Some years Edward is on fire, the world adores him. Other years he asks me a lot of advice. Some years I've been a drag.
Life has changes and we appreciate the season we are in.
This parable is about soil and seasons. Different crops. Gratitude for abundance and provision.
One of the reasons people of God want to listen to God is in this parable. God will grow you. And the desire to come to fruition will help you past the listed things in the parable: being walked upon, devoured by the passing comment, unappreciated, barbed, pushed out.
Not one person on the planet gets out of life without some correction, injustice and pain. God gets you back to the balance and make you believe this -
Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.
What is man, that he can be pure? Or he who is born of a woman, that he can be righteous?
1 John 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
Who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
These whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. 31What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?
God does not act towards us without mercy.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
This year may be your year to be merciful. Next, you might be the one asking! God tells us in the Psalms, seasons change. Prayer says we can expect God. And the unexpected. Feel free to pray big prayers and have faith, hope and the greatest of these is Love.
When I can't decide, when I am low, when I feel the Wind of the Holy Spirit lift me - I say the Lord's Prayer. And then say "Beloved, let us love one another, Love is from God." Picture the heart of the loved one and say, "Jesus, please" and in His Hands. I've had about five people tell me when they pray the Lord's Prayer - they are lifted up. This doesn't occur all the time, sometimes we have to do the emotions and work the process. Growing up. We Are Blessed when we love. In our belief in God are lifted beyond the mundane to the meaningful.
Father God, we pray for peace. For our family. For jobs adding meaning to life. For God's vast blessings. For clear solutions pleasing to God, arriving as we pray. For Good Health. Joy. Learning God's lessons with joy and not the one led by the nose. And Gratitude to see family tomorrow and today. Seeing with pleasure the change in the seasons. For diligence and to have a positive outlook. For the upward building up of Jesus and Bible Believing Churches. We ask all the blessings God would bestow. Amen.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †