Last week I shared my thoughts and experiences on how I see the hard road in my heart and how I try to deal with that. This week I want to share my thoughts and experiences with you on the stony places, the rocky ground.
Let us review the parts in Mathew 13 concerning the rocky ground from two different translations.
KJV Mat 13: 5, 20, 21
Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while; for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
ISV Mat 13: 5, 20, 21
Other seeds fell on stony ground, where they did not have a lot of soil. They sprouted at once because the soil wasn’t deep.
As for what was sown on the stony ground, this is person who hears the word and accepts it joyfully at once,
but since he doesn’t have any root in himself, he lasts for only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes along because of the word, he immediately falls away.
What does the rocky ground look like? Well, it is not soil, which are strewn with a few rocks and small stones here and there. Rather imagine it being a solid rock with some soil that settled in the curvees and cracks here and there, without depth of soil. The seeds germinate quickly, and roots form immediately, but it cannot grow very deep in the shallow soil. The sun scorches them and they dry out from the little water and wither away. I imagine that this lonely plant on the rocks don’t have other bigger plants to protect it from the harsh effect of the sun. I also imagine that the rock itself makes the effect of the sun even harder by reflecting the rays. These parts of our hearts are the parts where we do believe in God’s grace and power , but as soon as we are tested in this, we feel we have failed.
These areas can be patience, maybe your mother in law, maybe it is with fasting. Any area in your life where you find that you cannot keep faithful. You really want to show fruit by doing it faithfully, but you are unable to. Your faith doesn’t pull through to show fruit. Patience is the big rock in my life. I struggle, especially with the kids, to keep patience. I know a soft word can turn away wrath, but no matter how hard I try, it seems the change in me does not last very long, therefore I believe it is a rock in my life.
So also faith, if it does not have works, by itself is destitute of power
Destitute means to be devoid of . If I have no works (no fruit of the Spirit to back up what I believe), I have no power. I am powerless. I will be powerless to discipline my children, powerless to control my emotions, powerless to rectify relationships.
For as the human body apart from the spirit is lifeless, so faith apart from works of obedience is dead
Are you willing to be shown your foolish fellow, that faith apart from works is inactive and ineffective and worthless?
As soon as there is pressure to show fruit (good works) all your good intentions go out of the window and you are not able to show the fruit. For example, as soon as the pressure is up with my children fighting with each other, I struggle to show patience in my life. The best types of works are those that flows natural from you, it is just part of who you are, it is effortless, authentic. If you feel it is not effortless to serve, to do good to others, that fruit is still captured inside a rock in your life. You are either trying to do it on a hard rock (not yet ready) or you have rocks in your heart that needs to be removed in order to work more faithfully.
Have the roots firmly and deeply planted [in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.
When we break the rocks of unbelief in our hearts into smaller pieces, the roots of our faith can grow deeper and deeper. God is so faithful – there is always such a reward if we are willing to do our part.
He split rocks in the wilderness and gave them drink abundantly as out of the deep. He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused water to run down like rivers.
And at once the curtain of the sanctuary of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; the earth shook and the rocks were split.
Jesus did the splitting of the big rocks already, He is the way for us to grow deeper roots and our reward is abundant rivers of water, life giving water. Submit yourself to the process of breaking up the rocks in your heart and enjoy the flow of the living water.