The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time.
Why is this happening? What should we do? Where do we turn? What do I do next? Why? We are all constantly asking big questions, but how many listen to the answer?
One of the most frequent questions in ministry is why isn’t God answering me? Very few ever ask, what can I do to hear God more clearly? We all want the clear flashing billboard answer, but are too often uninterested in developing the relationship with God that attunes our hearing to God’s voice.
We have so many excuses: we don’t like the music in church or the pews or an individual. The pastor is boring or controversial or doesn’t tell us what we want to hear. We ‘read’ the Bible but lack the commitment to go deeply into the Word. We pray in desperation then put God aside until our next time of crises. We take for granted that God will always be there. Then we call on God in time of trial and are frustrated that God’s voice is hard for us to hear.
It takes commitment to develop and sustain a relationship with God. It includes daily interaction, the support of other believers, and the power of gathering in God’s name. It involves accepting that we are not master of our own destiny. It calls for sacrifice, forgiveness and humility. How many of us even try to give God the glory and praise that we should?
God is always speaking. How well are you prepared to hear?