“A sower went out to sow his seed”
(Luke 8:5 KJV)
Jesus reveals some deep truths in this well-known parable.
The Sower is the Lord Himself. The field is the world – the world of the individual, the world of the community and the world of the nations. The seed He tells us is ‘the word of God.’- which we know to be vital, dynamic and life-giving.
• “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” (Matthew 4:4)
• “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10-11)
The first thing that we notice is that the Sower is sowing everywhere. He does not miss out any part of the ‘field’ – no matter how unattractive or unsuitable it may appear. He wants His life-changing seed to go everywhere, and so that is where He scatters it. Hard paths, rocky places, thorny areas and well-prepared ground – He does not avoid or exclude any of it.
Today He is still at work sowing this important seed in the world. The fact that we cannot see its fruit, or that it is not welcomed, does not mean that it is not there. He is also sowing the seed in our own individual and personal lives and situations. It is there in the good places and in the calloused, cluttered and painful areas. It is pertinent to us and our situations. We have only to recognise, receive and respond to it.
God is not silent. He speaks through His Word in the Bible, through the glorious message of creation, through His Spirit within us, through the situations in which we find ourselves and through the ministry of others. He speaks also through our silent awareness of His presence.
Practice pausing to pray, look, see and listen.
Lord God please help me to believe and trust in Your presence and to look and listen for Your still small voice of love. Amen.