Thursday, July 19, 2012

Watering the Weeds

Jesus told another parable:  ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.  But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.’” Matthew 13:24-25.

Jesus likened the kingdom of heaven through parables as He tried to explain the mysteries of God.  With this region being an agrarian society they would have related to farming analogies.  As hard as they worked, it wouldn’t have taken much to understand the frustration and damage accomplished of someone planting weeds in their field.  Notice that the enemy came at night while they were sleeping.

We are told in John 10:10 that we have that same enemy among us. ‘The thief comes only to kill and steal and destroy.’  Satan is a coward who knows the power of his opponent, our mighty and powerful God.  His only motivation is destruction and he lays in wait until adversity comes and deceitfully crawls into our circumstances, planting weeds.  His crafty lies begin to take root in our field of faith and the doubts grow among the truths.  One weed breaks through the soil… ‘God has abandoned you,’…another weed towers over the good crop… ‘How can God be a loving God since He has allowed this?’  The weed of bitterness and fear takes over the field and chokes out the good yield. 

It is imperative that we are the watchmen of God’s field and protect our piece of the land.  We must be alert and aware in our challenging circumstances, not allowing Satan to replace our crop of peace and faith with the weed of doubt.  Any doubt he plants we must remove with the help of the Holy Spirit.  We cannot fall asleep and allow this crafty coward entrance into our faith.  We consider the fact that the enemy did not stick around but went away after the seed was planted.  He was aware that time and circumstances would create a vulnerable environment for the weeds to grow.  We must be diligent in recognizing what is growing in our heart before it breaks through the soil. 

We cannot be a people who water the weeds but rather a people who water our faith.

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