The world contains many unsolved mysteries, but God has the answers (Deuteronomy 29:29). Do I always have to know how or why? Even in the book of wisdom there are unsolved mysteries (Proverbs 30:18-19).
Jesus often left his disciples with just enough mystery to keep them interested? (Mark 4:26-32) Notice the farmer’s actions in this story: 1) He sows using the scatter method. There has to be a beginning (Romans 10:14-17). 2) He sleeps and goes about his routine.
How can something grow without my constant attention, “by itself”? God has already empowered the seed (James 1:21). We can still do our part in planting and watering (1 Corinthians 3:5-9). But do please not drown young plants! Don’t overload their circuits! 3) He “puts in the sickle” for a harvest. Timing is important, but even in that we have limited control. Jesus shows us the example of a seed that grows to its fullest potential. Can you think of some success stories like that?
We should use the scatter method; anyone can grow from an encounter with God’s Word. If we suffocate someone with information overload they may never come back. We need not feel the guilt of failure when we don’t see instant results. God could be causing growth underneath the topsoil (Galatians 6:6-10).