“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows”
My Lord! What have you sown into the atmosphere, someone, or something that is waiting to be harvested in your own field?
This scripture has been going through my mind for a few days, and I believe God wants me to speak on this.
When we find ourselves in difficult times, and in difficult circumstances it is so easy to want to give up and go back to our old ways, and old way of thinking. We tend to allow our minds to wander through those dark places that we think are tucked away from God’s sight. We allow ourselves to sink into the pity of our lives and in this we justify, and rationalize our emotions. If we don’t have the Holy Spirit or we have grieved the Holy Spirit until he has left us then we remain in that hole, and become comforted by our familiar places whether it’s being guided by a friend, family member, social media account, food, drugs or whatever our vices may be. We sink and justify, sink and justify until we have surrendered full control and are no longer under the will of God.
Then under the darkness of our comfort, havoc breaks loose and we began to panic. We run with our hands outstretched, feeling our way back through the darkness trying to get out, and realize we have to walk back up the route that we traveled down through.
It is this scripture (among many others) that play in my mind when tribulation comes my way. I have grown enough to say thank You Lord for getting me through that. I have become grateful for the things I endure because I know they are pushing me into my purpose, and if it was not for tribulation I would still be walking around in darkness, justifying myself. We must not blame God. He had nothing to do with ignorant and immature decisions that we have made throughout our lives but we know that He is with us as we walk through harvesting what we have sown whether it be good or bad.
This Sunday I sat watching a sermon with my family and the pastor said, “Even your enemies can be considered your friend if they are pushing you into your purpose.” So, I thank God for all of my friends who have pushed me back to God. If it wasn’t for you, I would still be walking in the darkness of my pain. It was the pain that made me open my eyes and realize that I was standing far away from God.
As we travel towards the Lord the road becomes narrow and so the bumps, and spoilage along the sides tends to press against us a little bit harder, and the sharp jagged edges that at one time allowed space to walk, now sting as the narrow space closes is. Though we may stumble let us keep heading in the direction of our Heavenly Father.
“God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” Romans 2:6-10 (NIV)
Let us walk in the ways of Your word. Let us continue to seek You regardless of what tribulations we may face because You are faithful and just and will not leave our sides Lord. As tribulations arise let my heart remain humble as Your servant Job because in due season we will be restored.
In the name of Jesus we pray,