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Matthew 13:31-32 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.”
There was a lot of time that passed between the Old Testament and the New Testament. It was a period of over 400 years. To put this into perspective, at the time of this writing the United States has been a nation for only 246 years.
Within this period of time between the Old and New Testaments, the people of Israel were impatiently awaiting the coming Messiah. Many were expecting a mighty warrior king who would overthrow the Roman Empire. Even those who may not have been expecting a warrior king were anticipating the coming of the Kingdom of God in strength.
Imagine what the crowd may have been thinking when Jesus likened the Kingdom of God to a mustard seed. Not only is a small seed, it also grows into a relatively small garden plant. Not a mighty oak, but a shrub. Not a force that comes with power, but something that grows to serve and offer shelter.
READING & PRAYERS:
MATTHEW 13:31-33 (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)
QUESTION: In what ways have you seen God work in seemingly small ways, but the overall result provided you with tremendous comfort and protection? Write down at least two or three.
REAL LIFE PRACTICE: Continue to embrace silence and listen for the whisper and heartbeat of God.
Take a Step: Remember to continue utilizing the One Minute Pause app throughout the week. If possible, begin to explore and practice the 3, 5 or 10 minute pause to more deeply root yourself in Christ.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, today I bring my anxieties, fears, and thoughts of control to You. May I live this day with a determined focus to see the countless ways You are at work in my life and the lives of others around me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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