Again, we go back to the days of creation. On the day that God commanded the earth to bring forth plants and trees, we see the pattern of faith that will be spoken of by the Savior many generations later.
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“Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind.” (Gen. 1: 11-12)
I read this passage and I can’t help but be amazed by the excellent wisdom of God. Truly, I am in awe as I assimilate this information and get just a little glimpse of how God’s mind operates. These words stand out to me —-Whose seed is in itself. That yields fruit.
On the days of creation, God had thought out the continuing cycle of life. From the beginning, He saw through to the other end, how our present lives would come to be. He is the Alpha and the Omega. The Beginning and the End. Isn’t it a great comfort to know that He covers all? But then, I digress.
So, I mull over the passage above and the Holy Spirit brings me to the teachings of Jesus on faith and I see the pattern that was established from the foundation of the world:
He sows the seed of faith and God blesses it for it to grow and yield fruit. There is no other way for faith to live on and flourish, except it yields fruit.
And God blessed them… (Gen. 1:22)
God blessed them with His rain and sunshine.
Rain and sunshine. Together.
20 But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred. (Mark 4:20, emphasis mine)
Accept it with all its appurtenances: difficult trials, life-giving lessons, purifications. Drink of it. Embrace it.
I have been through a lot of rainfall in my life and I have learned that radical growth in faith happens in the hard seasons. And I am still learning and yielding myself to the “falling to the ground and dying” process as the Lord had spoken of, to be able to sprout and grow and bear much fruit.
24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. (John 12:24)
Of course, to fall and die is always hard and painful. We do our best to resist it. But I have come to know that the longer and fiercer we resist it, the more we find ourselves in tangles and more difficulties. And the less fulfilled we feel in our service to God and the sadder we become.
So, we pray for grace, abundant grace, for us to be able to humble, bend, yield, and surrender ourselves to this falling to the ground and dying. Dying to everything we have fiercely held on and fought for [pride of life, worldly pleasures, addictions, success and fame, comfort, lusts, and such like] which God wants to strip us off, so we will sprout and grow into the ones He has purposed us to be.
For His glory. And for our life and peace.
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