The Law of the Harvest

The Law of the Harvest

“…for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” Galatians 6:7

Sowing is an ancient occupation. God himself performed it. “The Lord planted a garden…(Genesis 2:8).” To man he gave this task upon his expulsion from paradise, “God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he came (Genesis 3:23).”

The word ‘human’ is from the Latin, humus, meaning earth or ground. Never is a man more truly at home than when working the ground. He came from it. He is called to work it. From the earth comes the food upon which his survival depends.

It is, therefore, no wonder that so many of the most valuable illustrations and parables and pictures from Scripture are drawn from this discipline of gardening. Sowing is woven into our nature. Therefore, when the Lord does especially want some truth of his to penetrate deeply into our thinking, he generally employs the agricultural metaphors to more forcefully impress the point upon us.

Such is the case with out text. “Whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” Here is an indisputable and inviolable law. And God would have us know it well. The law is both a warning and a promise. The truth deserves to be heard and heeded. On the one hand it is a threat, and that no idle threat. And on the other hand there is a reward, and one which God shall surely pay.

Here is a warning. The verse of our text actually begins with the sober words, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” If you sow what is evil, you will reap what is dreadful. A life sown with sin will reap an eternity filled with sorrow. A life sown with spiritual mockery will reap an eternity of misery. God’s punishments may be slow, but they are never escaped.

Here is a promise. Sow well, reap well. Sow a virtuous life, reap a blessed life. Sow seeds of love, joy, peace, and patience, and reap a crop of useful fruit for yourself and others. Sow a good thought, reap a good action. Sow faith, reap forgiveness. Sow mercy, reap kindness and assistance. Sow prayers, reap answers. Sow worship, reap communion with God. Sow generosity, reap blessings.

Dear friend. The law of the harvest is at work in your life right now. Today you planted. Tomorrow you reap. What are you sowing? Do not be deceived. What you sow, you shall surely reap.

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