Sowing and Reaping
My Aunt and Uncle are hard-working Iowa farmers. Not long ago, they sent an email stating they had prayed that their planting would yield a bountiful harvest. They had made all of the necessary preparations to insure the best yield possible, and now they were trusting God to bring forth the fruits of their labor.
We've heard it said many times, "You reap what you sow." Hosea 8:7 tells us that those who are not worried about what they sow and reap have in essence, sown the wind and reaped the whirlwind. Their cornstalks stand barren, withered, sickly, with no grain. If there is any grain at all, foreigners will consume it.
Sowing and reaping principles are the same in the natural world and the spiritual world. God's Word tells us to plant the good seeds of righteousness, and we will reap a crop of His love. We are to plow the hard ground of our hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that He may come and shower salvation upon us (Hosea 10:12). However, as with a coin, there is always a reverse side. If we don't plant good seed, we cultivate wickedness and raise a crop of sins. We then cling to a false trust and belief, rooted in a lie, that says, "With enough effort and ingenuity, we have power to make ourselves and a nation safe from evil" (Hosea 10:12-14).
Jesus gave this parable to show the truths about sowing and reaping:
- “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
- Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.
- Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear."
- "When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart.
- The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the Word and at once receives it with joy, but when trouble or persecution comes because of the Word, they quickly fall away.
- The seed falling among the thorns refers to the deceitfulness of wealth that chokes the Word, making it unfruitful in that person's life.
- The seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the Word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown" (Matthew 13).
We live in very dangerous and perilous times, where evil abounds, war and deadly diseases threaten our safety, and right is wrong and wrong is right. As never before, Christians must seek God, His will and His direction, that they may sow good seed, for the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in each step we take (Psalm 37:23). Are we sowing good seed? What we sow today, we will reap, either in this life or the next.
Our prayer should be: Lord, order my steps in Your word, and let not any iniquity have dominion over me (Psalm 119:33), for a man's heart devises his way: but the Lord directs his steps (Proverbs 16:9). Teach me to be diligent in sowing good seed in my life, so that a bountiful harvest may come forth for Your kingdom.