Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 20, 2018

“My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work. … Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.”

Today’s devotion comes from Mark 4:26-29.

“And He was saying, “The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil;  and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows—how, he himself does not know.  The soil produces crops by itself;  first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head.  But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”  Mark 4:26-29.

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The message in today’s Scripture is an encouraging one:  the harvest will come!  We may not know how it comes (“how, he himself does not know.”), but it will come!

We may feel discouraged as if we labor in vain and do not see the harvest as we expect.  But, the harvest will come.

“The soil produces crops by itself“, that is, God Himself is in charge of His harvest.

Although we do labor, it is the kingdom of God.  God is in charge of His kingdom.  Jesus was sent by God the Father to accomplish His work and has done so to the extent that Jesus is called “the Lord of the harvest”.

“Then He *said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.  Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”  Matthew 9:37-38.

Other doctrine cling to man’s alleged free-will and continually fear that the harvest will not come, because they believe that the harvest is dependent on man’s alleged free-will and man’s labor. 

But, Reformed Doctrine sees God’s sovereignty throughout Scripture, including in this parable.  God is in charge of His harvest.  His harvest will come!

“Jesus *said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.  Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’?  Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.  Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal;  so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.  For in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’  I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored;  others have labored and you have entered into their labor.”  John 4:34-38.


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