Seeds Of Discontent

When I study the Bible for the activities that I am involved in, my mind quite often wanders to an event which happened in my life, either recently or a long time ago. This happened when I was studying the Parable of the Weeds.

Matthew 13:24-26 – Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared." (NIV)

While I was visualizing this scene, my mind wandered to the time in 1960 when I was a fledgling accountant with a pipeline construction firm. I had been transferred to a new project, and as a consequence, I had a new office mate with whom I shared the office trailer. He was a very unhappy man. He had lost a good job with another firm, and he did not like the job that he had then. He complained all the time and pointed out what was wrong with the company, the management, and just about everything else.

At the end of the week, I went to my parents' home, where my wife and our little girl were staying until I found a place to live. I told my dad how unhappy I was at work. He looked at me and wondered what had happened, mentioning the fact that I had always been happy. I told him about my office mate and his attitude at work. Nothing about my work had changed, but the seeds of discontent had been sown, and I had let those growing weeds influence my attitude. After that, I ignored my colleague's negative attitude. Pretty soon, he left the company, and I carried on as I had before, happy in my work.

After Jesus told this parable, He then sent the people away and went into the house. His disciples asked Him to explain the parable.

Matthew 13:37-38 – He answered, "The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one." (NIV)

So often we let people influence our lives for the worse: at home, at work, and even in the church. When people sow seeds of discontent in our lives, we need to be aware of it and reject it, lest as a consequence we reap the weeds of unhappiness.

Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we pray that when we are confronted with people who sow seeds of discontent, You will give us the ability not to let them influence our lives and the lives of our loved ones. We ask it in Jesus' name. Amen.

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  1. PresbyCan Feedback:

    Good word Joel!


    Great lesson Joel! Thank you for sharing your insights.


    Thanks Joel for sharing this devotional with us. May God bless your day today and everyday. Blessings.


    “When we rest in God’s presence, we rest in the knowledge that He is in control.” Thank you. Our former beloved minister reminded us of this every week. It is such comforting knowledge.


    Hi Joel, This devotional is a timely reminder that we need to constantly and consciously turn our eyes upon Jesus because the enemy is just waiting for a chance to sow some seeds of doubt fear or discontent.
    Thanks.


    I used to see that every Sept when my kids went back to school: the negativity, complaints and criticism. June end of school, it usually took about two weeks to get rid of that attitude and we would have a happy summer. The world is so full of it!! When there is so much to be thankful for! Thanks.


    This is a beautiful gift Joel. Your willingness to share your negative experience in such a way that EVERYONE can identify with this life application of the Lord’s Word. What a privilege it is to have you and others feeding us with real life wisdom and understanding. Thank you so much!


    Hi
    you are so right. I have MS and have to stay Positive every day.
    When I find someone who is so negative I tell them to look at the good side and if that doesn’t work tell them I have to be positive so will stay away from them. They sometime agree with me and then I tell them that if I didn’t have Jesus I would really be lost.


    Yes I know about unhappiness in a congregation. We have gone to this church for many years. In those days if there was a vote we all went with the decision. Then, maybe 20 years ago, when there was a vote the losing side would not back down. They had to find fault with everybody. Some others who were unhappy with the result of a vote thought we should give in for them.
    I feel the need to get on with life.


    Very encouraging, Joel.


    Joel:
    The colleague who complained needed help to find the proper ways to advocate for changes. This may include both unnecessarily complicated methods and slipshod practices. He may well have seen practices and poor service that should have been addressed. Did you take the trouble to listen and investigate? We are to help and enable colleagues to improve the book work, office work and the services provided. Prayer and a few kind words from you could have helped him identify changes you needed too. You were all losers. What a pity his potential was not discovered!


    Thank you, Joel, for the practical message.
    Jesus always sows love, harmony, and redemption.
    Keep writing for Jesus’ sake.