Sowing and Reaping

KEY VERSE | Galatians 6:9

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

I love a flourishing vegetable garden. The problem is, I’m not a gardener. As much as I’d love to have a garden of fresh vegetables, it isn’t going to happen because I never plant them. I could sit for hours in my backyard, praying for a harvest to appear, but it won’t because I didn’t follow the natural laws set up by God. If I don’t plant tomato seeds, I cannot expect tomatoes to grow.

There is a natural law of sowing and reaping that every farmer understands: if you plant corn, you’ll reap corn. This is not only a natural law; it is also a spiritual law. 

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” Galatians 6:7 

We easily see this principle of sowing and reaping in natural terms, but often disregard it in our spiritual lives. We’d think there was something wrong with a gardener who expected to harvest tomatoes when she had knowingly planted thistle. But in a spiritual sense, that is what we are doing when we live our lives seeking only what the world offers while expecting a life full of God’s blessings.

When we plant the Word of God into our hearts by meditating on it, we have sown good seed. When we take the time to nurture that seed by acting on the Word and spending time in His presence, we will see the promises in God’s Word produce the fruit we desire. We will reap what we sow!

If you have been sowing good seed and have yet to reap your harvest, take heart! Just as the farmer plants his fields and then waits patiently for harvest time, we must wait for the promised blessings. It is easy to become weary while waiting for the harvest to come in. That is why Paul encourages us with this promise that we will reap—if we do not give up. There is an appointed time when the harvest will come. Determine that you’ll continue tending to your garden until due season arrives—you won’t be sorry you did!

RESPONSE | What seeds are you currently sowing that will reap a harvest in your life?