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“Deep-Seeded Faith”

     In the parable of the sower, some were  sown on the rocky place.  They received it with joy, but after a while, they fell back.  Why?

On The Rocks

Dear On The Rocks,

Many times, the burdens that we face when we first begin to obey God are the very hardest.  In the parable of the sower, Jesus compared it to seed falling upon different types of soil.  The seed is the Word of God, and we are the soil.  Sometimes people are rocky soil, and the Word can’t take root because we can’t handle the trials of temptation.  Sometimes the soil is full of thorns, and the Word gets choked out by the cares and riches of this life.  Sometimes the seed falls beside the road, and the devil snatches the Word from our hearts before we even have a chance to grow.  And sometimes, the soil is rich and fertile, and the Word takes root and grows into a mighty plant (Lk 8:11-15).

The rocky soil that you are asking about represents that type of person that gets easily excited at the blessings of Christianity but doesn’t have the deep conviction that is needed when trials come.  Christ certainly brings blessings into our life, but the Bible also says that we must be prepared to take up our cross, deny ourselves, and follow Him (Lk 9:23).  The apostle Paul said that all Christians will face trials and tribulations (Acts 14:22).  The Bible way of life brings great joy, but it also comes with great changes and struggles.  Without a deep-seated faith, someone won’t have what it takes to weather those storms of life.