I remember reading the bible years ago, before I became a Christian, in my attempt to seek Him. Like many, I was enduring terrible times and had come to the end of any possible answers and help out there in the secular world.
Today I’m reading Matthew 13:18-23 in a section called, “The Parable of the Sower Explained”.
Many of my friends I’m sure have had this experience where they read from God’s Word and don’t understand what they’ve read. The meaning isn’t clear, they have no desire to attend bible studies for many reasons – maybe they are too deep into their crisis to be able to – but for some reason their reading of the bible just doesn’t “stick”. It gets carried away by the evil one.
Hear then the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown along the path. – Matthew 13:18
The Words of God do not penetrate the souls of these people who had tried to find God but were in a state where they could not concentrate, were in a tailspin, and had no one who really sat down with them and made sure they were reading the bible every day and checking on them, as well as their understanding of what they read.
In my case, I would have liked someone to take me under their wing and mentor me to truly understand what I was reading, to not let me fade away in the midst of my crisis. Being new to attending church back then, I might have done better if I’d had someone to pray for me regularly.
Today I am starting to pray for my readers and the people I come across – and make a promise to God that I will continue to do so. If you post a comment on my blog, or “like” my blog I will be praying for you. Those who want to join me in this, let me know. Maybe I can start a group where we pray and help those new to God’s Word understand more. This is important, I think, in these times of trouble in the U.S., and in our world.