“Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them” Mark 4: 15
Imagine a bird sitting above the pews of the church. While preaching, the preacher throws the seed (word of God) towards people sitting at the pews. All of them stretch their hands to catch them. Some immediately put them in a bag specially carried from home for it (a note book carried to jot them down). Some keep it in their hands and some think after the preacher throws everything, they can gather whatever is near leisurely (oh, they imagine they can recall the sermon whenever they want but not in reality). This bird, which is perched above, waits for a short distraction on the part of any person. When the person is distracted, it deftly swoops down and picks up a seed. This is the picture Jesus gives in the parable of the Sower.
Satan is a very present reality in all the preaching sessions in the Church. He is there to pick the Word from the minds of believers ‘as soon as they hear it’. He does not want it to be assimilated in their mind. He does not want it to be in the mind for long enough to initiate any change. He distracts. He replaces the Word with some other thoughts or worries which are in the back of their minds.
When we read the Word during our meditations or hear it in the Church, we need to prepare our hearts prayerfully. Our preparation to receive the Word of God is as vital as the preachers’ preparation to preach. If the Word of God has to produce crop of thirty, sixty or even hundred times, we need to thwart the devil from picking the Word.