Lent Day 9: Belief Requires Patience

Belief requires patience. They go hand in hand. Without patience we will never know if what we believe will come to fruition. Without patience we take matters into our own hands before we allow belief to play out. Sure we can say we believe, but to wait for the Lord to do His thing is faith in action. In Mark 4 Jesus teaches:

“The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens. 28 The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens. 29 And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle, for the harvest time has come.”

On one hand, this teaching is totally incomprehensible. We think to ourselves, “It has to depend on something in us! I mean, not completely, oh no, not even a whole lot, but something – a little! And yet these words of Jesus answer very clearly: No! Completely nothing.

But how could we possibly simple wait on God? We have more noble things to do, things to accomplish, to become, all the while, becoming like Jesus is just something that sounds good in the lyrics to a song.

Verse 29 is an interesting one. The man in this parable is ready and attentive. He knows that his part is to plant seeds, and he is ready at harvest time. The original language of this verse paints the picture of the man standing alongside the harvest, sickle in hand, waiting upon the Master Gardener to do the great work. As followers of Jesus, do we believe that we can go about our daily work, mindful of our part in the Kingdom: to scatter and to harvest, to rest and to be free of worry? At the end of the day are we willing to wait?

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