“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Mark 4:5-6,16-17




Some seed fell on rocky ground

where it found little soil and sprang up straightaway, because there was no depth of earth;

and when the sun came up it was scorched

and, not having any roots, it withered away. […]




Those who receive the seed on patches of rock

are people who, when first they hear the Word, welcome it at once with joy.

But they have no root in them, they do not last;

should some trial come, or some persecution on account of the Word,

they fall away at once.


– Mark 4:5-6,16-17 (JB)






“Those who receive the seed on patches of rock.”

Here Jesus is indicating the shallow hearers

who fail to think things out or think them through

– their selfish mentality lacks depth.


They may initially respond with an emotional reaction;

but the excitement wears off very quickly.

When God’s Word does not immediately solve their problems,

they are so quick to wander off to something else.


Do I recognise myself here?


God gives grace to those who cling on to His Word,

till they become rooted in Him,

whatever sacrifice this entails.






Lord Jesus, Son of the Living God, Divine Saviour,

send Your Holy Spirit upon me to strengthen me,

to encourage me,

to root me in Your love and fill me with hope,

and with a determination to eagerly receive Your Word

and embrace it forever.


Jesus, my Lord and Mentor,

as I entrust myself into Your arms

grant that I will always be steadfast in my faith.


Help me, Jesus. Thank You, Jesus.


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