Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Friday, December 20, 2019

Theme: WE SHALL ALL REAP WHAT WE SOW

Good dictionaries define the word “sow” to mean to scatter or plant seeds in order to grow crops. But in the context of this theme, “sow” means to make utterances, take actions, or do things which would lead to good or bad ends in future. The natural law of cause and effect which has bearing on the fact that each person must get the reward for his actions explains the word “reap” in the caption of the theme. All of these bespeak the impartial and unalterable justice and judgment of the All-wise God  Whose ways are “… judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he”- Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 89:14.

The knowledge that we shall, one day, give account of ourselves to God through Jesus Christ should constantly make us to be careful what we say, do or think in order to be in His favour and escape the fiery judgment that will come upon this evil world.

Text: “Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity and sow wickedness, reap the same”- Job 4:8.

Comment: It is an incontrovertible fact of life that it is what one sows that he reaps, that like produces like. The seed of corn can never produce groundnut or pepper. (Matt 7:16-20) Used figuratively, the principle of sowing and reaping illustrates the correspondence between moral action and its consequences. The assertion that we shall all reap what we sow is both a charge, an exhortation and a warning about the inevitable and immutable judgement of God.  It is said that when one sows an act, he reaps a habit, if he sows a habit, he reaps a character: what he sows by way of character determines his future. The Bible says, “For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings (Proverbs 5:21) Jehovah the Almighty Father gives to “…every one according to the fruit of his doing”, “For there is no respect of persons with God”- Jeremiah 32:19; Romans 2:11.

We must support the work of God by sowing as many seeds of righteousness as we can muster and then can we expect to reap corresponding harvests of blessings and, above all, eternal life in the end.  Hosea the Prophet admonished: “Sow to yourself in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you” – Hosea 10:12.