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. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.

Matthew 13 : 20 – 21

Having been brought up in the Western Isles you soon know what it means to be blowing a gale. One of the reasons there are few trees up there (apart from the Vikings having cut many of them down centuries ago) is because once they reach a certain height the roots are not strong enough to stand against the wind. Leaving the Western Isles and going to your own garden or plants, you know it is much easier to pick a plant with a shallow root. Jesus drew on this when telling this parable. If your faith has a shallow root then when the going gets tough your faith will not support you.

Where the catch is in all this is that we don’t know the strength of a root (including our faith) until it is tested. That means every day we should be doing strengthening exercises to make sure when troubles comes it will be strong enough.

Prayer: Father grow my faith, help it to root deep into my life so that when needed it will be there to support me.

Action: Draw up a 7 day exercise regime for your faith.

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