Every one of us face the impact of pain and suffering on some level. A lot of times, pain and suffering are consequences. Consequences of what you may ask? Consequences of sin. As we all know, sin is when we disobey God and His principles. It is just as if you were to break a law by speeding and get a speeding ticket. You disobeyed the law, now you have to pay the consequences (literally). What many fail to recognize is that we reap what we sow. As Paul writes in the book of Galatians:
“Do not be deceived. God will not be made a fool. For a person will reap what he sows, because the person who sows to his own flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows the Spirit will reap eternal life.” (Galatians 6:7-8)
Sin started in the book of Genesis, chapter 3 when Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. Because of their sin, there are consequences that we still face today. An example of a consequence from Adam and Eve’s sin is labor pains during child birth as well as toil and sweat when working. But if we keep in mind that we reap what we sow, there is hope; that hope is this: if we sow into Good, Godly, and Spiritual things we will reap a harvest from God that’s more than we can contain!
There are three laws to sowing and reaping. The first is that we reap what we sow…You cannot sow disobedience and expect to reap blessings. The second law is that we reap more than we sow. When you plant a seed and it grows into a fruit, such as a watermelon, inside that watermelon there are even more seeds than what you started out with! And lastly, we reap later than we sow. Have you ever done a really intense workout and not felt the “consequences” until hours, maybe even days, after the workout? Put that into perspective with what you are sowing. The reaping may not come for a long time; good or bad. The consequences don’t always come immediately, so we think we can keep doing what we are doing. When in all actuality, we are just setting ourselves up for total pain and suffering when the reaping finally does come.
On the other hand however, we could be sowing something Spiritual and not see the reaping immediately; there are multiple stories like these from missionaries serving on the mission field. They will spend their entire ministry career toiling and laboring for the kingdom but never see any fruit. When the fruit of their obedience finally does come, usually they’re retired and a new missionary has taken over their ministry; they are enjoying the fruit of someone else’s sowing. In the midst of it all, we must remember what Paul writes in Galatians 6:9, ”In due time” we reap a harvest. Also, remember in Ecclesiastes 3 that it states there is a time and season for everything. Everything we are sowing bears fruit. When we are bearing bad fruit we need to realize that it’s not anyone else’s fault but our own. Romans 6:23 states, “The wages of sin is death.” When we sin, we are subjected to total damnation in Hell without Jesus. There is however, a solution. God in His provision saw ahead of time, our need. And in seeing our need, even before we were born, already provided a solution. Through God “sowing” seeds of redemption throughout history, we get to “reap” the benefits of His salvation. To learn more about the solution God has provided and to get rid of the bondage in your life that comes through sin, check out our podcast, “Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering: The Wages of Sin” at: http://painesvilleag.com/walking-god-pain-suffering.
Let the solution be the cure to your life and let what you sow bear good fruit!