Your job is to sow good seeds each day and leave the results to God as to how he wants to grow and prosper those seeds you have sown.
4. He who observes the wind [and waits for all
conditions to be favorable] will not sow, and
he who regards the clouds will not reap.
5. As you know not what is the way of the
wind, or how the spirit comes to the bones in
the womb of a pregnant woman, even so you
know not the work of God, Who does all.
6. In the morning sow your seed, and in the
evening withhold not your hands, for you
know not which shall prosper, whether this or
that, whether both alike will be good.
Comes from the Greek word parabole,
meaning comparison, illustration, analogy.
The name given by Greek scholars to an
illustration in the form of a brief fictional
According to the dictionary: 1. a parable is a
short allegorical story designed to illustrate
or teach some truth, religious principle, or
moral lesson. 2. a statement or comment that
conveys a meaning indirectly by the use of
comparison, analogy, or the like.
But Solomon uses the agricultural theme of
sowing and reaping to give an
understanding of it in the spiritual sense.
Jesus used parables because He wanted to
convey spiritual truths in a way that would
make a lasting impression. He used
everyday images and connections to help
them understand what He was saying and
begin to apply it to their lives.
During His three years of ministry, what Jesus
taught the people was radically different than
anything they had known before.
He wanted to give them new understanding
that would change their lives. He also wanted
to prepare them for the time when He would
return to His Father and the Holy Spirit would
come to lead and guide them individually.
Israel wanted God to send a physical deliverer
to free them from oppression. He had done it
before and they expected Him to work in the
same way again.
BUT…God wanted to do something that
would be much better than sending a person
to deliver them once and only for a short
amount of time.
For verses 4-6: The images are connected
chiefly with the occupation of an agricultural
laborer: rain, the falling tree, and the
direction of the wind are beyond his control.
Unforeseen events come from God; and the
man who is always gazing on the uncertain
future will neither begin nor complete any
He who neglects the necessary works of
sowing and reaping, because the weather is
not exactly suitable to his desires will lose the
In the morning – early and late, in all seasons
and occasions; sow speedily and continually,
be not weary of it.
Sow – do all good works
Withhold not – from working or giving
Sow good seeds each day and leave it up to
God which of the seeds He wants to prosper
and how He will choose to do it.
Don’t put God in a box and expect Him to
only act in a certain way to meet a need or
solve a problem. Be open to whatever way He
chooses to handle things.
Just because He has done things a certain
way before does not mean He will choose to
do the same thing this time.
Don’t miss out on God’s Best because you
refuse to be open to the way He desires to
bless the good seeds you have sown.
The Holy Spirit will be your guide to make
sure you can always discern the truth about
Let God radically change your life by giving
Him total control over how He blesses the
good seeds you have sown!