TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, February 13, 2018:
To scatter seed over land; to implant, introduce or promulgate.
Those who sow in tears will reap with joyful shouting.
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Most people will agree that what we are today is a result of the way we thought and acted in the past. It is a principle of farming that what you reap today is what you sowed in the past and the more you sowed the more you have now.
Those who act wisely today will have wisdom in the future to make wise decisions. The Lord gives us principles in the scriptures as to how we should sow with the talents that God has given us.
In the verse we have put above from Galatians, God has given us an unalterable law that affects everyone in every area of life. What we sow affects our life and our happiness. Every farmer understands the meaning of this principle but many non-farmers have no concept of what this means. Let us look at each part of this principle to make sure we understand its full implications.
This principle is irrevocable and applies to the believer and non-believer. There is no escape. It is a law of life. The root cause of the careless lifestyle of many people today is found in the verse from Galatians we have put above. They are deceived. They either do not believe the truth or they think they will somehow be the exception to God’s law. To mock God is to turn up one’s nose at Him.
This principle stated in Galatians 6:7 that we reap what we sow is God given. The fact that we reap what we sow is good news for those who sow good habits but a frightening thought for those involved in ungodly activities. We cannot sow disobedience to God and expect to reap His blessings. What we reap is the result of what we sow.
This principle also reminds us that we will reap more than we sow. When a farmer plants one seed it can produce dozens and even hundreds of seeds. It is the same for both sin and righteousness. What may seem to be a small decision to do either good or bad can reap a much bigger crop than we may have ever thought it would be.
We need to be also reminded that many times we will reap much later than when we sowed. Our every action has a result. Sometimes it may be apparent immediately. Sometimes it may be days, months or even years. Those who sow evil may experience no immediate consequences so they continue. Some are deceived when it seems that their sown seed does not appear to be producing. So, they continue their wicked course believing there will never be a harvest.
We need to learn that unlike the farmer’s crops which get harvested about the same time each year there is never a time table for the harvest of our actions in life. Some will be reaped quickly and others take a long time. But do not be deceived, their season will come. Faithfulness to God in all situations will produce a rich harvest to come in the future because our Heavenly Father always keeps His promises to those who love Him and obey Him.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Philippians 1:6.
Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
Keep me on faithful to sow only what will bring glory to you. May others see in me the right kind of sowing that yields great spiritual results that will encourage them to draw closer to You.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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