Daily Devotional Bible Verse
And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. (Mark 4:3-4 ESV)
Paths are well trodden, their soil often packed hard as concrete. They form from consistent travel over the same area, and the more they get used the easier they are to traverse. But the type of path Jesus was speaking of in today’s text was the tightly packed soil of a human heart and soul. Here, we can infer at least two kinds of hearts represented by this soil of the path.
Firstly, there are those who’s hearts are like a highway, laying common and bare to all. These are people who may have seemingly countless friends, but still feel alone, for their relationships are all surface level, not penetrating the depths below. Secondly, we can witness those whose heart’s have been trampled over the course of a lifetime. Who, time and again, are wounded to the point of callousness. The devil, like an angry bird, is very busy above paths like these. When the gospel is spread on them, he is quick to swoop in and carry off the gospel seeds. Ours, as sowers and caretakers, is to drive those foul birds away, just as Abram drove them away from his sacrifice (Genesis 15:11). We should guard those hearts as best we are able, and recognize Satan in his work as he seeks to steal the life-giving word sown on hardened and wounded hearts.
Can you think of anyone in your life whose heart’s soil is like that on the path? How can you defend the seed of the Gospel sown on that heart?