Mark 4:26–29 (ESV)
The Parable of the Seed Growing
26 And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27 He
sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. 28 The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 But
when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
God’s kingdom grows mysteriously of itself, at its own pace, and through the
power of the Word. This reality often causes frustration among those who eagerly long for a rapid expansion of the Kingdom, and all the more as we only have a short-term view of things. But God’s kingdom grows according to His plan and timetable. And
it is a great blessing that things ultimately depend on Him and not us, for only He is able to bring home a great harvest for life eternal.
I pray: Lord, as You have
begun a good work by planting Your kingdom in our world, bring it to a full harvest in Your own good time. Amen.
Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 1663.