“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Reaping the Whirlwind

(Please read Hosea 8:7)

November 21

The principle of sowing and reaping is as old as nature itself. God created plant life and the system of planting and harvest. Man has developed ways of increasing crop yields and other changes on the fringes of the growth cycle, but we still subsist on the practice of sowing seed and reaping the harvest. So when God, through Hosea, uttered the words of our text, he was applying the principle to human conduct, involving cause and effect. And he illustrated it very well indeed, showing how Israel had reaped the fruit of its folly and vanity many times over.

Something about this process that we often overlook is that the reaping is much greater than the sowing, and the produce is in kind, resulting in more of what was planted. That’s the nature of seeds and growing seasons; we plant a few seeds and (if all goes well) reap many times that amount.

The same principle applies to human conduct. The seed of wickedness in time grows into a vast harvest of more of the same. For example, Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery, and their descendants became slaves in the same land. America sowed the wind of slavery and reaped the whirlwind of the Civil War. And so on.

But there is a bright side to this process, for Paul wrote that “the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life” (Galatians 6:8, NIV). What we sow in living a good life will grow into something more precious indeed – eternal life. Then let’s tend our spiritual farms very, very carefully.  

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