This morning I discovered that holding a peeled banana with a smooth leather glove didn’t work well.
I felt a little foolish, as each time I tried to take a bite of my commuter-breakfast, the banana slipped out of the smooth glove and dropped next to me on the car seat. It seemed like the Lord was chuckling at my dilemma and then I got the thought, that’s how it is with God’s Word sometimes – one minute people think they have a firm grasp on it and then in a short time… it’s slipped away.
The first mention of “the Word” being close by, approachable, attainable, is in Deuteronomy 30. Moses has been commanded by God to speak with the sons of Israel so that “He may establish you today as His people and that He may be your God…” (Deut. 29:13, NAS) As Moses continues speaking, he states, “But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it.”
His Light shining through us. His victory, our victory. Now. Today. Tomorrow. Since the darkness could not – and subsequently can not – overpower or defeat the Light…the enemy brings in the strategy of the slippery banana.
Jesus shared what has become a well-known parable about the sower and the seed. It is the first segment of His parable that talks about the concept of “slippery bananas”: “Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart…” (Matt. 13:18-19, NAS)
Are we unintentionally partnering with the evil one? Whoops….I know I had that banana in my hand….now it’s gone. I know I heard something about the kingdom…but I can’t quite recall what it was…
An honest question…when we hear a concept or truth “about the kingdom” and don’t understand it, do we persevere in seeking Him to open our spiritual eyes and ears? Do we make a “painstaking effort” at comprehension, meditating on the content, re-reading it in Scripture? Or is there the inclination to “let it go” and wait for another time….
It’s a consideration to take to heart…because a banana in the hand of an evil one can be very slippery….