The Faith of the Farmer

By: Steve Negley

Posted: January 31, 2018

Category: Daily Devotional

He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”
Mark 4:26-29

When I served a church in Seffner, Florida, there was one couple in particular who were known for their garden. They were generous sharing flowers, fruits, and vegetables throughout the congregation.

Once, in a visit to their home, they invited me to walk out to the garden. There was a sign there that read:

Whoever plants a seed beneath the sod,
And waits for it to grow, believes in God.”

A wise farmer gives God the credit for a lot that happens in the garden.

Jesus told a parable about the kingdom of God where he referred to the faith of the farmer. The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and while going along with life, rising and sleeping, the seed sprouts and grows. And then, there is fruit to be harvested.

In some ways our faith is the sprouting of some seeds that were sown. And the growth that comes as we move toward the kingdom is part of God’s mysterious plan. And we get to enjoy the fruit of the growth ourselves. We also have plenty to share with others.


God, let Your Spirit work in me today in such a way that I will put forth fruits of your kingdom for all to enjoy. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.