June 15, 2020
The Word Snatcher
In His most fundamental parable of the
Sower and the Soil, Jesus warned us
whenever we hear God's Word, "the devil"
comes to "take away the word" from us
(Lk. 8:12). Thus, He dubbed Satan the
"word snatcher." How does the word
Good investigators search and gather
factual evidence. Let's examine some of
the facts the word snatcher has left at
his various crime scenes:
He has snatched God's Word from academia
- and even many evangelical seminaries
and universities - by liberal theology,
which teaches not all but only part of
the Bible is the very Word of God. How
can we trust a Bible we're not sure of?
snatched God's Message from many
Christians by offending them with
personal adversities, losses, and other
troubles that beset them after become
believers. How can God's Word be
fruitful in us if we are offended with
God or unforgiving toward people?
snatched the Logos from many by
entangling them with the "thorns" of
worldly interests, the deceptively
alluring snares of money and material
things, the lusts of the flesh, living
for the pride of life, or fretting over
contentious, unresolved social issues.
How can God's Word abide and produce the
fruit of the Spirit when these things
are choking the life of the Spirit out
of us and completely taking over our
lives - which should be consecrated
wholly to Jesus and His will?
And he works in a thousand other ways.
Anyone or anything - including excessive
attention to ministry or other good
works - that would crowd out God's Word
in your life must be recognized for what
it is: the work of the word snatcher!
There are many activities, pastimes, and
excellent things that we may engage in,
but we must structure our schedules so
they complement, not replace, a
sufficient quantity of quality time in
the thirsty, hungry, adoring, patient,
prayerful, life-dependent examination of
God's Word. It's decision time.
Will we be Word-loving Marys or
hyper-distracted Marthas? (See Luke
10:38-42.) Don't have time for God's
Word? Then take time from
something else of mere temporal worth
and give those hours to prayerfully
reading and thoroughly studying "that
good part which shall not be taken away"
from you forever (Lk. 10:42).
To diligently, prayerfully study God's
Word in fellowship with Him, under the
amazing tutelage of His Spirit, is to
have "face time" with Jesus. And as we
behold His "face" - true nature, heart,
thoughts, disposition, will, and plan -
He speaks to us, molds us, inspires us,
guides us, all by His supernatural,
Spirit-filled, life-giving Word. We
emerge from such "face times"
permanently altered, stronger, and more
fit to discharge the duties He has set
before us. Paul believed and taught
this: "And we all, with unveiled face,
beholding the glory of the Lord, are
being transformed into the same image
from one degree of glory to another" (2
The word snatcher hates this "face time"
and will do or suggest anything to
prevent or interrupt it, or, after we've
enjoyed it, spoil it by provoking or
tempting us to in any way disobey God.
Be wise. Be discerning. Be determined.
Do not allow the word snatcher to "take
away the Word" from you!
Recognize when doubt, carnal reasoning,
or false teaching are laying their cold,
clammy hands on your mind to get you to
not have full confidence in a
Bible miracle, prophecy, or promise, and
tell them, "Be gone, Satan!"
Discern when interests and activities
that were at one time a blessing begin
to wrap around your heart and mind and
body and quench all the spiritual life
out of you because you no longer have
the time, desire, or energy to study
God's Word, and cast them off!
Acknowledge it when the Spirit shows you
your wrong reaction to a personal
adversity, or a social or political
controvery, has spoiled your spirit and
rendered your formerly sweet and
productive Bible studies dull and
unfruitful. Then readdress that
adversity or issue the way God's Word
says you should: "Fret not thyself
because of evildoers ... neither be thou
envious … [but] trust in the Lord, and
do good [yourself] … delight thyself
also in the Lord ...commit thy way unto
the Lord … rest in the Lord … wait
patiently … cease from anger, and
forsake wrath" (Psalm 37:1-8). That's
how you take back what the word snatcher
took from you!
Whatever you need to do, however you
need to rearrange your schedule,
whatever other activities you need to
reduce or eliminate, whoever may have to
be displeased with you, whatever early
morning or late night hours you must set
aside, hold fast to your "face time"
That will make the word snatcher,
frustrated, leave you and God's
ministering angels, rejoicing, visit
you: "Then the devil leaveth him, and,
behold, angels came and ministered unto
him" (Matt. 4:11).