He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25 but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27 And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”
This is our passage for today, but I want y'all to think for a minute about the story of Joseph.
Joseph went from being his father's favorite son to being sold into slavery by his brothers. He worked his way to being the chief servant at Potiphar's house, only to be thrown in jail unjustly, with no trial and no possibility of getting out in the near future. Then after years of suffering like this, in one day he's made ruler over all Egypt.
I wonder if Joseph asked why God didn't just give these evil people what was due to them. After all, they had it coming to them! Maybe you've been in this situation – have you ever wanted to see evil people just hit with a lightning bolt and removed from the face of the planet? Why doesn't God just do that??
Well He tells us why in verse 29:
“No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them.”
God hasn't “zapped” the evil people in your life for your benefit. While it may seem counter-intuitive, it's for the best. After all, “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Thank you, Lord, that you haven't wiped out these evil people in our lives. Thank you that you make all things work together for our good. Please help us to honor you in all things that we do. In your name we pray, Amen.