Pastor Brian’s Blog – April 26, 2017

“We Always Harvest What We Plant”

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” Galatians 6:7

Why are there times when we think that we can win, when we go up against God; that we can prove the God of the universe wrong? Adam & Eve tried, although they were created with immortality they were willing to give it up because they thought, “What harm can an “apple” do?” King David, the greatest of Israel’s kings, a man after God’s own heart thought, “What harm could a one night fling do?” and it cost him a son.

Judas spent 3½ years living with God and listening to Him speak yet, he thought that money was more important than God and that decision would cost him for all eternity. Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, thought that they could live one way at church and another way, away from church and no one would know. Yet they too found out it doesn’t work; God knew the difference and it cost them their physical life.

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” God’s laws are true and they cannot be broken, it is true in the spiritual world and it is true in the physical world as well.

Judy loves to garden. Gardening is her time to relax, to spend alone time with God and she loves the fruit of her labor. Although Judy and I might disagree as to what we like to do to relax and unwind, there is one thing we agree on; when you plant carrots, you won’t get onions! When she plants tomato plants we will never reap corn from them. When she plants a flower it will never turn into an apple tree. Whatever seed Judy plants she will always reap the fruit of that seed.

In the natural world we would never question the law of sowing and reaping. Yet when it comes to the spiritual world why do we think we will be the first ones that can win against God’s law of reaping and sowing? Why is it that we think we can play with sin and not reap the consequences thereof?

Oscar Wilde, a well-known Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet openly attacked God’s moral standard. He also mocked the Bible and God’s law, yet at the end of his life he reaped the consequences of those choices. Oscar Wilde died at the age of 46 as an imprisoned homosexual, in shame and disgrace. Near the end of his life he wrote, “I forgot somewhere along the line that what you are in secret you will someday cry aloud from the housetop.”

God’s law of reaping and sowing is true in the physical world and it is also true in the spiritual world. Although there are times when our sin and self-deception prevents us from seeing or acknowledging it; God’s Word is pretty clear…. “As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.” Job 4:8

“For they hated knowledge and chose not to fear the LORD. They rejected my advice and paid no attention when I corrected them. Therefore, they must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way, choking on their own schemes. For simpletons turn away from me—to death. Fools are destroyed by their own complacency. But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.” Proverbs 1:29-33

“There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good.” Romans 2:9-10

At the end of our life when we look back; we will see that it was not the dreams that we dreamed that shaped our lives but the choices we made. May we choose today to be a Joshua and reap a Godly harvest by making the right choice…. “But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15

Remember you will reap what you sow; it is a promise from God.