The Bible Speaks
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows that he will also reap.” Galatians 6:7
In studying the Bible over many years, I have found that whenever God issues a warning it is because He knows that we are inclined to do what He warns us about. In this particular verse He is warning us NOT to be deceived because we often ARE deceived; deceived into thinking that we will not reap what we sow. We are inclined to think that we will be the exception rather than the rule; that we can break His law and not suffer the consequences. We are inclined to think that the law of sowing and reaping applies to everyone else but us. We are inclined to be wrong, very wrong.
The law of sowing and reaping is universal. It applies to everyone and everything. In agriculture, if you sow a string bean you will never get a radish.
In sports, if you fail to practice you will never get better. In life, if you choose to sin against God you will eventually pay the consequences. Take Haman for example.
In the Book of Esther, Haman exalts himself, attaining a high position in the king’s court, yet craftily deceiving the king into signing a law that would annihilate the Jewish race. The object of Haman’s hatred is Mordecai, a Jew who had refused to bow down before him. Haman decides to build a gallows to hang his enemy, but before he get permission the king discovers that Mordecai had never been rewarded for his help in uncovering a plot to kill the king. After the king honors Mordecai Queen, Esther reveals to him that Haman wanted to hang Mordecai. An angry king hangs Haman instead, from his own gallows. God is not mocked; the law of reaping what you sow never fails.
Many people today need to heed God’s warning not to be deceived. If you tell a lie, and then more lies to cover it up, you will eventually be found out. If you sneak around to have an extra-marital affair, your adultery will one day be brought to light. If you are rarely in church, and even less often in front of your Bible, you will be spiritually weak and ready for a fall. Do not be deceived. Sow a life of dedication to the Lord and devotion to His word and your prayer closet and you will reap a life enriched by His blessings and strengthened in Christian character for every trial and hardship you will have to face. The Bible speaks, and what it says is true. Count on it.
The Rev. Bruce MacInnes is pastor at Turner’s Chapel.