living in worry, or accepting the word

“Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”

Mark 4:18-20

It seems a lot like in this life we either trust God and God’s word, or we trust ourselves and/or the world. Of course the word leads us to trust in the Word, Jesus, who is the fulfillment of it all. But the nuts and bolts attached to that as to how we’re to live are of course all important in their place. And it’s a mistake to insist that the Bible is not the Word of God, but only Jesus. But that’s another issue. Suffice it to say for the purposes of this post that scripture is the word of God written, while Jesus is the Word of God in flesh as a person.

I know for myself, it is a regular, ongoing battle to continue in the word, and not to get sidetracked on this or that tangent. One of my biggest problems, it seems, are “the worries of this life,” and there are plenty of them. I have to remain in the word, and hopefully from that I will be in prayer, and break through into God’s grace in and through Jesus, and in and through scripture. Just as I’ve faced many a concern, so I’ve seen God’s grace make the difference needed in such struggles, time and again. The problems and trials themselves don’t seem to get easier. Hopefully my reaction to them, rather than a meltdown in fear, or some other less than helpful reaction, instead is more and more one of resolute faith and commitment to God through being in the word. And I try to go through all of the word, not just the parts which I might gravitate to. So that as time goes by, more and more I want to meditate on it all. Though actually all that I meditate on throughout the day is the New Testament and Psalms and Proverbs, reading daily so as to get through all of scripture.

I realize more and more just how much I need scripture, how much I need the Lord, and all that goes with that from God. Jesus’s parable seems to make it an either/or proposition. Either the word is choked out by the worries of this life and other things, or the person perseveres (Luke 8:15) to bear a manifold crop. In Mark it says the one who hears the word, and accepts it. Fortunately it’s a word from God which depends on God, on God’s wisdom and faithfulness, and not on ourselves, except that we need to remain in it, and be directed and changed by it. All of this in and through Jesus.

 

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