Daily Reading: 5-13-16
Galatians 6:7-10 New Living Translation
There is an age old saying, “You reap what you sow.” This saying is Truth; the wise in life convincingly testify to it. According to the Apostle Paul, every human being either deliberately or passively plants seeds into the ground of time each day. Once those seeds are released through words or actions, they begin to take root and grow. We may not be able to see the initial growth of the seeds, but the justice of God has placed a law over nature promising that planted seeds produce a harvest of some kind. Let me refresh your memory.
God promised Noah he would never again curse the ground because of human sin and evil. In His promise, God said, “As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night” (Genesis 8:22). This is a promise that manifests in physical, emotional, and spiritual applications or realms. It’s not just about a farmer planting crops like corn. The lesson is about every individual responsibly taking action to plant something “Good” into the ground of a day that will produce a positive harvest of Goodness for tomorrow. Good grows Goodness. Goodness is not a passive quality; rather it is the deliberate preference of being right with God. Goodness is a fruit of the indwelling Spirit of God. God is Good and His Goodness is seen in Scripture by how He deals with people. Let’s read it together:
Galatians 6:7-10 We Harvest What We Plant
7 Don’t be misled-you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. 9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone-especially to those in the family of faith.
Between sowing and reaping, we can find ourselves facing a spiritually cold or dormant season. So when facing the cold, never give up on your promised harvest. The Spirit helps us sow Good, so that we may reap Goodness from God’s hand. Let’s never get tired of sowing Good, because when we do we are actually releasing God to do tomorrow what only He can do in our lives.
Prayer: Father, I want to reap blessings for my life from Your holy hand. I understand from Your Word today that I must take personal responsibility by releasing and planting the seeds of my words and actions wisely. You have promised me the things I sow today, I will reap in the future. Holy Spirit, please put a watch over my words and actions and keep me conformed to plant only that which is Good according to Your Word and in Your sight. In Jesus’ name. Amen.