November 8, 2004
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
America today is eating the bitter fruit of sin and godlessness in our society because of immorality. Why? Because back in the fifties and sixties, the seeds of rebellion were sown! Suddenly we thought we were smarter than God, so we kicked Him out of the classroom and asked Him to leave the courtroom. Our nation is experiencing bitter loss as a result because we have forgotten Him! We are simply reaping the results of what we’ve sown.
Remember the great shepherd-king of Israel—David? This man was one “after the very heart of God,” yet he sowed the seeds of sin. David took a woman who was not his wife, Bathsheba, into his own bed and she conceived. As a result, he arranged the murder of one of his generals, her husband, trying to cover up his sin. After that, David spent months in bitter guilt.
When the bold prophet, Nathan, came to David, he said to him, “Let me tell you a story. There was a man who had only one little lamb. There was another man who had fields full of lambs. The man who had so many decided he wanted the one lamb that belonged to the first man, so he took it and killed the lamb’s owner. David, what do you think of this?”
Enfuriated, David cried out, “He must pay fourfold!”
Nathan stuck his finger in the face of the king and said, “Thou art the man, David!”
Eventually, David confronted his sin, repented, and God forgave him. He was made pure by the righteousness of God, but the law of the harvest operates. We reap what se sow.
David had to pay—fourfold. The baby conceived in the womb of Bathsheba died—crop number one in the barn. Later on, one of David’s daughters, Tamar, was brutally raped by her half-brother, Amnon—second crop in the barn. When Absalom, another son of David, discovered the tragedy of his sister’s rape, he killed his brother—number three in the barn. And near the end of King David’s life, Absalom rose in rebellion against his father commandeering a rebellious horde against him and the children of Israel. During the battle while riding his horse, a thicket caught Absalom by his long, flowing hair, and it hung him—crop number four in the barn.
What does God say? What you sow, you reap! Don’t think you can get away with sin. It pays in full and with interest. Even though we must pay for our sin, God forgives and cleanses. We are made pure in the sight of Him through the blood of Christ! But in the society where we live, my friend, beware of the consequences of sin. It’s the law of the harvest.
“SOW THE WIND AND YOU’LL REAP A WHIRLWIND.”
-OLD TESTAMENT PROPHET