Don’t churn the cream if you don’t want butter. We will reap what we sow in life. It’s a certainty. The context of today’s proverb is that strife results if we stir it up. It’s a negative example of reaping the consequences of poor behaviour. And there is a better way…
32 “If you play the fool and exalt yourself,
or if you plan evil,
clap your hand over your mouth!
33 For as churning cream produces butter,
and as twisting the nose produces blood,
so stirring up anger produces strife.”
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
At least Paul provides some balance for us in his words to the Galatians. We need to hear the positive angle when we share in the Scriptures with each other. You see, there is a better way. God’s way is always higher and better than our ways.
We don’t have to stir up strife and anger. That’s sowing to the flesh. We can sow to a better place than that: Eternity. We don’t need to pursue destruction when we have the opportunity to sow to please God.
Romans 8 has much to offer in terms of living a life surrendered to the Spirit contrasted to the surrender to the flesh. That’s the better way. It pleases God for us to plant and nurture seeds of hope and faithfulness and goodness. These are the things of the Spirit.
To whom are you sowing? To self and flesh and destruction? Or to the Spirit? Think about your last week. Want to make a change for the next week? You can. I can. Let the Spirit lead and stir within you. What you reap will be eternal in nature.