Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
Thoughts for Today:The law of the harvest is irrefutable, irrevocable, incontestable and undeniable. And it does not have to be believed in to work. Just remember this: If we go out and become involved in some sort of sinful activity and then come to the Lord in humility and repentance to say, "Lord, forgive me, I know I shouldn't have gone there, done those things, or said that," He forgives us. However, the sin we planted will still have consequences -- and a final result that may be very unpleasant.
This law of planting and the harvest applies to much more than just sin and a lack of righteousness. How so? If we want friends then we must be friends. (Proverbs 18:24: "One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.") If we want life and peace, then we must think on the things that produce life and peace. (Romans 8:6: "The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace," and Isaiah 26:3: "You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.")
We would think someone a fool if they complained about a lack of crops to harvest if they never planted any seeds. But in the church and the world in general, I hear people complaining all the time about not receiving anything when they haven't taken the time to plant a single spiritual seed. Doesn't it make logical sense that we first need to sow before we reap? Natural seeds take time to germinate, grow and then produce a harvest. Therefore, it wouldn't be wise to wait until we are in desperate need to begin sowing.
Questions to Ponder:We're all planting all the time. The question is: Are the seeds, and therefore harvest, going to be positive or negative? What have you been planting lately? Are you intentional?