By Mark Shields
This day with God will be amazing because He can take tough situations and turn them into something positive. Out of intense difficulties, God can make simplicities emerge. Reading in Mark 4:26-34 today, we are given two parables about the growth of seeds. Just as seeds are planted in the ground, we can plant good thoughts and ideas in our minds and they become the seed to succeed.
The first is “The Parable of the Growing Seed”. When seed is scattered by the farmer, the seed sprouts and grows. Most people may only understand the basics like the fact that the soil provides the nutrients and the seed sprouts. Think of wheat … with sunshine and water, the plant grows a stalk, the head, and then the full kernel for food. The farmer helps it along to provide fertilizer and tries to protect the crop from disease. Eventually, the grain becomes ripe and is harvested for food.
The second parable in today’s passage is “The Parable of the Mustard Seed”. The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed in that it starts small but grows to become the largest of all. God’s kingdom may seem small at first but grows to become big enough to become the difference maker.
The world has a way of making us feel that we are small or not quite good enough. We may feel we are not skilled at something or just don’t catch on to a new concept like others do. If thoughts like this come to mind, remember that with God there is no need to get stressed out. Each new day, we gain experience and are able to handle issues better because available to us is the greatest helper ever with the Holy Spirit as we pray for the right actions.
Like seeds that grow gradually into a harvest so too are the principles of God’s Word. It’s a mystery but we don’t need to be concerned so much with the how but only with the fact that the Word of God provides that extra needed to help us step ahead. The victory is for all who belong to Christ Jesus. With daily improvement and experience gained, we can step ahead and maximize our potential.
This day with You Lord we’ve been inspired by Your Word. Like a tiny seed that eventually grows into plants that provide food for our physical body, Your Word starts small but grows inside our mind and body. The enemy is in competition with Your Word like the weeds of distractions, pride, and disobedience. But as we keep singing the songs, having daily devotionals, and prayer, the seeds begin to grow. Like plants that provide nourishing food, God’s Word provides nourishment as the good overcomes the bad weeds of life to provide food for our soul. Amen.