SOWING AND REAPING
A. As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease. Genesis 8:22
Reaping what we sow is a spiritual law. Sowing and reaping in the spiritual realm is very similar to sowing and reaping in the natural realm.
1. We reap what we sow.
a. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Galatians 6:7-8
b. Do not judge or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Matthew 7:1-2
c. You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Romans 2:1
d. Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds. Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them! They will be paid back for what their hands have done. Isaiah 3:10-11
2. We reap more than we sow.
a. Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Luke 6:37-38
b. Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion. II Corinthians 9:6,10-11a
c. They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. Hosea 8:7a
3. There is a time delay.
a. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9
b. That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 6:12
c. When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, the hearts of the people are filled with schemes to do wrong. Ecclesiastes 8:11
People sin and because “nothing happens to them immediately,” they think that its all right to do what they are doing, apparently God does not disapprove.
Sowing and reaping applies to both good and bad seed and it is automatic. When God created the world, there was no sin, so there was no reaping of bad seed, only good seed, so blessings multiplied. God tells us in His Word what actions will cause blessings and what actions will bring curses upon us. We need to carefully pay attention to what the Bible says.
B. If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God. ... However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come upon you and overtake you. Deuteronomy 28:1-2,15
Because of the law of sowing and reaping, nobody ever gets away with anything, and nobody ever goes unrewarded, Christian or non-Christian. If we sin and “get away with it,” we will still reap some kind of curse in our lives. If we do what is right, seemingly with no reward in it, we will still reap a blessing. Since we live on this side of the cross, Jesus took the penalty for our sowing bad seed, but we need to repent and ask for forgiveness so we will not reap the consequences.
When things are going wrong, people concentrate on the present situation to try to correct the situation, when they really need to look back into their past to see what is causing the present situation. Are they reaping from something that they did in the past that they have not repented of? People need to ask God to reveal whatever they need to know about what is causing the present situation.