Sowing and Reaping

People often ask: “Why do bad things happen to me?” Why would God allow this? The truth is that God allows it because He established a law that says that you will reap exactly what you sow. We are created as free creatures and we determine our own destiny. The problem is that we often do not connect what happens to us with what we have done in the past.

We Harvest What We Sow

Jesus said in Galatians 6:7 (NIV): “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” We cannot blame God for what happens to us. We are free to live any type of life that we want. The problem is that we do not realize how long it often takes for the harvest of something we have sowed in our life. In other words, something that we did, or a decision that we made, a long time ago finally reaps its harvest many years later. This sometimes happens long after we have even forgotten what we did in the first place.

It is exactly like it is in nature. Some seeds, like carrots or beans, can be harvested just a few short weeks after we plant them. Others, like an apple tree or grape vine, takes several years after we plant the seed for the fruit to become mature and we can use them. Sometimes it takes many years after we have made a bad decision for the results of that bad decision to cause an effect in our life.

God Makes It Very Clear

Jesus goes on in the next verse and says in Galatians 6:8 (NIV): “The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”

In other words, if we are planting seeds in our life that are contrary to God’s laws, they will someday bring destructive events into our life. If we steal, kill, have an abortion, etc., those events will catch up to us and there will be a price to pay.

If we live only for our own benefit and our own pleasure, Jesus says that we will reap destruction upon our own lives. We cannot blame God when we push Him out of our lives. We cannot blame God for all the evil that is happening in America when we have pushed him out of our government, out of our schools and out of our lives. If we want God to protect us, we must make Him the center of our lives.

Yes, we will reap what we sow. There will be a harvest coming from what we sow in our lives.

We Can Stop the Harvest by Repenting

Just like we can stop any seed we plant in the ground by digging it up before it matures, we can stop any seed we plant in our lives by repenting of it. The problem is that many times we cannot stop physical consequences from the seeds we set in motion. For instance, if we kill someone or steal from someone, we will spend time in prison.

But God will forgive us and we will not have to spend eternity separated from Him. The important point that we must understand is that true repentance will bring wonderful miracles into our lives. Sometimes God will bring physical healing after we have destroyed our bodies. Sometimes God will use our deformities or our imprisonment to bring other people to Himself. And He will always bring peace to us.

Remember, when we sow the wrong seeds in our life, they will change our life. However, if we repent of sowing those seeds, God can and will use the changes that happened in our life for our own good and for the good of others. All we have to do is to trust God and He will be faithful to bring good into our lives. It may not be (and probably will not be) what we originally planned, but it will be something that will bring glory to God.

Bad Things Happen Because of Evil

Sometimes bad things happen and we cannot understand why. We have not done anything wrong. Why does God allow this?

We live in a world in which we have allowed Satan to have free reign. When a large group of people allow Satan (and his demons) to control or even just influence their lives, evil will run rampant and even Christians can be caught up in the effects of their evil. In this case, we just have to trust God to see us through these bad times.

Sometimes Christians Have Allowed This Evil

Sometimes it is because not enough Christians have fought this evil. We do not come against evil through prayer. Sometimes it is because we do not act when we should. For instance, the wrong people take control of our government. The truth is that this usually happens when not enough Christians go to the polls and vote for the right people.

In fact, polls have shown that born-again Christians have not even been voting. You cannot blame God for what is happening in America when you don’t vote or even make sure that other Christians vote.

The Choice May Just Be a Wrong Choice

Sometimes our choice may not be an evil choice, but rather simply a wrong choice. Why do people lose everything or even lose their life in an earthquake? Sometimes you didn’t know that it was an earthquake zone. Other times people don’t look into it before they move there. We cannot blame God when we put ourselves in a danger zone.

Good Seed Bring a Good Harvest

Notice what the second half of Galatians 6:8 (NIV) says: “the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” Here is the ultimate result of sowing good seed, eternal life.

Sometimes we cannot change the results of sowing bad seed here on the earth, but no matter what we have done in the past, we can start sowing good seed and that will bring us eternal life.

Sowing Good Seed Pleases the Spirit

This passage says that sowing good seed is sowing seed that will please the Spirit, that is God. How do we do this?

The most important thing we can do to please God is to accept His Son, Jesus Christ, as our personal Lord and Savior. Jesus made a supreme sacrifice by giving his life on the cross. He died that horrible death so we would not have to die a horrible death, that is, being separated from God for eternity.

We can best please God by accepting His great gift of salvation. We know that this pleases God because He starts bringing wonderful blessings into our life. The circumstances around us may not change (and probably will not), but how we look at them will. We will begin to see how we can glorify God, even when bad things continue to happen around us.

We Reap What We Sow

By ourselves, we may not be able to change the circumstances in which we live. But we can change our own lives. And we do this by sowing good seed in our lives. What kind of seed are you sowing in your life?



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