Never been to Las Vegas, yet I sometimes act like my sin happens in a Bermuda Triangle of transgression, like a dog who hides his head, thinking the rest of him isn’t hanging out. God sees, and for Jesus followers, today we reflect on principles of of sowing and reaping…
1 If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.
9 The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in obedience to him. 10 Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord…
15 However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you:
19 You will be cursed when you come in and cursed when you go out.
63 Just as it pleased the Lord to make you prosper and increase in number, so it will please him to ruin and destroy you. You will be uprooted from the land you are entering to possess.
Deuteronomy 28:1, 9, 15, 19, 63
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. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people
Disclaimer: God is speaking in Deuteronomy 28 to his people, Israel. Paul is speaking in Galatians 6 to God’s people, followers of Jesus. Lest anyone thinks this is about pointing fingers outside of the faith, this is all about those who claim to follow God and be called by his name…
Don’t be deceived. For the record, the deception is yours and mine. We are not talking about being deceived by others or the forces of evil. Yes, there are forces of deception around us who would love for us to be deceived away from the Lord either to join them or come to ruin or whatever motivation drives them.
The worst deception, however, is that deception from our own hearts. I’ve said it before and it’s worth repeating. We are like dogs who think by hiding their heads their asses are not hanging out. An embarrassed dog will hide his face from you, even though 60 pounds of his body is in plain view. It’s humourous until we realize that we are that dog when it comes to our sin and the idea of sowing and reaping.
I continue, after 28 years of following Jesus, to consider whether my faults and sin are better or worse than my neighbour. I continue to act like if no one finds out, perhaps it didn’t happen at all. I have never been to Las Vegas, yet I sometimes act like my sin happens in the Bermuda Triangle of transgression. It’s a secret. It’s lost. Mum’s the word.
God sees. The deception of the human heart tries to convince us that God doesn’t see, which means we will not reap the effects of the sin we have sown. The truth is that God sees and our lives will reflect God blessing or cursing us, in simple terms, based on our decisions. I suspect some of you are bristling. You don’t like that. You don’t want to think about what sounds like a wrathful God punishing you for sins committed.
Except you do want to wish that wrath on people whom you think are deserving of it. Those other people who sin deserve what is coming to them and those skeptical critics of God would say he is slow and obviously overlooks sin all the time: why doesn’t God deal with the murderers or rapists or child molesters? Where is God when terrorism happens?
Just don’t apply it to me, God. I want them to reap what they sow and I would like to reap grace after sowing an average life of wins and losses on the sin scale…
Notice that for the follower of God, we are called by his name and we are his holy people. This is why the stakes are so high. If you read the whole chapter of Deuteronomy 28, there are some serious blessings and serious cursing available to Israel. Our obedience to God reflects upon the name of God. And as usual, I often spin it so it’s about someone else… me.
1Corinthians 6:20 offers that, “You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God…” That’s our perspective for today as we consider sowing goodness and doing good toward others. Don’t grow weary in it. Put your back into it. For the name of the Lord, who purchased you with the price of his Son…