Jesus spoke something else of importance to us with regard to this word in:
Mark 4:26 And He said, "The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, 27 "and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. 28 "For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. 29 "But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come."
What is He trying to tell us about the way that the Kingdom works?
It goes back to the whole principle of sowing. If the earth is right and the conditions right then seed produces.
Only God knows when these things are all in place in the Spirit.
In the Psalms 65:9 You visit the earth and water it; You greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; You provide their grain, for so You have prepared it. 10 You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth.
It is God making this increase. It is the work of God making this take place.
All we need to do is to be faithful with what is ours to do. We are His laborers, we are the ones who are to sow seed wherever we go. In doing so He will reveal where there is already a harvest to be brought in.
VS.11 was key for us, “You crown the year with Your bounty; Your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.”
This is the picture of a farmer who has so much in his wagon it leaves ruts in the softened earth.
This paints a portrait of soft ground, not hardened ground. Ground that has had sufficient rain fall so as to make it fertile. It has been such a good year that the wagon is full and it is leaving it’s mark in the softened soil.
Abundance! Even though there is talk of recession this is a word of hope for all of us. God is our provider and He knows what it takes to care for our needs.
But in this word there is that which is beyond our needs. Abundance exceeds needs.
About The Author
- Tim Atchley
- Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
- I currently serve as Senior Pastor of Harvest Church in Knoxville, Tn. I was sent out from Trinity Chapel of Knoxville in 1993 accompanied by my wife Sheila our four children Sarah, Hannah, Josiah & Isaac and a handful of bold, brave and committed believers determined to plant our first church. Pioneering is hard work but well worth the journey. That is why we desire to make disciples of Christ who will, like us, also embrace the call to plant churches.