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Jan. 9, 2006, Enterprise Dispatch
Pastor's Column

Planting the seed of the Word of God

By Pastor Orval Wirkkala, Apolostic Lutheran of Kingston

“Cast your bread upon the waters: for you shall find it in many days.” (Ecclesiastes 11:1)

“So shall my Word be which goes forth out of my mouth, it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)

According to tradition during the time of the receding of the waters of the Nile River, the farmers of the day would cast their bread - corn (seed) into the muddy waters so that it would be carried away to eventually germinate and sprout.

Within these verses from the Bible, we see not only the importance of planting the seed of the Word of God, but we also are reminded to have patience as we wait for the harvest that will come forth.

Cast your bread upon the waters.As we start a new year in the Lord, it is good to be reminded of the importance of pressing on in the sowing of the Word of God into our hearts and the hearts and minds of those whom we are amongst, whether they be in our workplace, in our families, or in our congregations.

Sometimes, it may seem as if our efforts are not bearing fruit, but nevertheless, we are commanded to “cast our bread upon the waters” with patience, you shall find it in many days. Solomon reminds us that there is a time lag between the planting and reaping process even as there is in the planting of corn or soybeans, but that there will be a harvest.

Sometimes, the answer we are looking for as a result of our prayers is a long time coming, sometimes, it may come rather quickly. It may come in an unexpected manner, but we can be sure of this, that God will respond in his time and in his way. We are called to be patient in waiting and in tribulation, knowing that the fruit of tribulation is patience; patience, experience; and experience, hope.

Obedience to the command of God to cast our bread upon the waters, trusting in his promise that we will find it, allows us to continue on in hope. And furthermore, by patiently living in hope, we experience a peaceful and restful life, knowing and trusting that our life and its direction is in the hand of Our Heavenly Father through Christ Jesus.

Is your spiritual life empty? Do you have fulfillment in Christ? Do you have family or friends whom you are concerned over? Is your marriage shaky? Are you troubled with temptations? Place these worries and concerns before the Lord continually, praying earnestly and diligently unto our Father in heaven.

“Call upon me in the day of trouble, I will hear you and you will glorify me.” (Psalm 50:15)

Obedience of faith brings forth hope with peace.

God bless each of you in this new year.

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