The Law of Sowing and Reaping

June 28, 2016

The Law of Sowing and Reaping

The Bible gives us a law that we do well to take heed to. It is found in Galatians 6:7-8. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” If we are at all observant we will see the truth of that law in our life and in the experience of others around us. To put the law into terms that all of us can understand we can say, “Good comes to those who do right and suffering and heartache is the lot of those who do evil.”

We see the truth of that law expressed in similar words in other parts of the Bible. In Proverbs 11:31 we read, “Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.” We get what we have coming to us, whether it be good or bad. There are two verses in Proverbs chapter 12. The first one is in verse 7. “The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.” Also verse 13 says, “The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.”

There is also what is called the law of cause and effect. It says that for every effect there is a cause, It is a law that those in the medical profession need to take heed to. If someone goes to the doctor and tells him, “I have pain in my stomach,” he needs to find out what is causing the pain. If we do wrong, we should expect that we will suffer for it. It is true that, because of injustice in our society, there are those who get away with wrong doing. We have confidence, however, that if they don’t pay in this life they will be judged in the after life and made to pay. The same is true of those who do good and aren’t rewarded, or even suffer for it. They too will be judged and rewarded for it.

To have the assurance that we will be rewarded for the good we have done in life, we need to be among those who have their sins forgiven and will go to heaven. We need to be saved from the condemnation that results from our sin. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Also Titus 3:5 says, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” We need to come to God in prayer and ask him to forgive us of our sins and make us a child of his on the merits of the righteousness of Christ which he purchased for us when he died on the cross.

If we keep our eyes and ears open every day we will see that the just are favored. They live in peace because they haven’t given others reason for taking vengeance on them. They are respected and loved by a host of friends. For the most part, they aren’t ashamed of what they have done. In Psalm 1:3 good is promised to the righteous. “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

There is also abundant testimony to the truth of what we read in Proverbs 13:15. “The way of transgressors is hard.” Suffering and heartache is increasingly more common as more and more depart from God. Not all hurting people are in hospitals. If it were possible to go up and down the residential streets of our cities and talk to people one would find an innumerable number of suffering people. Parents are hurting because their teen age sons and daughters are ruining their lives by taking drugs. Marriage partners are hurting because of the infidelity of their marriage partner. Countless others are hurting because of the abuse of alcohol. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

It is unfortunate that there are so many who don’t take heed to the law of sowing and reaping. Sin is wrong, not just because God says so. It is wrong also because of the terrible consequences that come from it. Proverbs 14:16 says “A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.”

It is true that there are some unjust and foolish laws, but most of them are for our good. We violate them at our own peril. Hosea 14:9 says. “Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.”

The Scripture we cited at the beginning of this article says, “Be not deceived.” Dear reader, I plead with you, be not deceived. Don’t be without wisdom. God offers to give it to you. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” No matter how old you are, you can be among them of full age. Hebrews 5:14 says “Strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

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