As we continue to look at Matthew 13:18-23, we find there are two more problems that hinder hunger being created for the Word of God.
· The person that “has no root in [themselves].” There are several purposes for roots. One is for the plant to draw up water out of the earth that causes growth and refreshment. Jesus speaks of water to be like the Holy Spirit who provides life to our spiritual beings (John 7:37-39). The next purpose for roots is to draw nutrients from the soil that make the plant healthy and strong. As these two functions take place, the root system also grows so the plant is supported, and remains steady when adversity (“tribulation or persecution”) comes. Without roots into the Word of God, none of these essential patterns of growth and stability will take place. If there is hunger in the heart, all three will take place at the same time.
· If the seed is planted “among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful” (13:22). Where there is discontent with the circumstances God has placed us in, the “thorns” of this world cause deception and we are preoccupied with everything except the Word of God. We become busy with priorities we have placed before a quiet time with the Lord. If your life is like this, you will “prove unfruitful” and will struggle developing a hunger for Scripture.
Tomorrow we will turn a corner and see what creates hunger in the heart. If any of these issues addressed yesterday and today are present in your life, take time right now to allow the Spirit to cleanse out the obstacles and make way for an appetite for the Word that never stops.
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