Spirit & Life Devotional
Saturday, October 25
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
YOU WILL REAP WHAT YOU SOW
Judges 1:6-7 ERV “The ruler of Bezek tried to escape, but the men of Judah chased him and caught him. When they caught him, they cut off his thumbs and big toes. Then the ruler of Bezek said, “I cut off the thumbs and big toes of 70 kings. And they had to eat pieces of food that fell from my table. Now God has paid me back for what I did to them.”
The king of Bezek cut off the thumbs and big toes of 70 kings, his too was eventually cut off. We reap what we sow, sometimes in greater proportions. Galatians 6:7 says, “If you think you can fool God, you are only fooling yourselves. You will harvest what you plant.”
Before Paul’s conversion he persecuted the church, and after his conversion he too was persecuted greatly for the church. When Jesus asked Ananias to go and pray for him, Ananias said, “Lord, many people have told me about this man. They told me about the many bad things he did to your holy people in Jerusalem.” Jesus replied, “Go! I have chosen Saul for an important work. I want him to tell other nations, their rulers, and the people of Israel about me. I will show him all that he must suffer for me.”
Always sow the right seeds. It takes only the grace of God to escape the consequences of some past actions. Delay is not escape! 1 Timothy 5:24-25 says that, “The sins of some men are conspicuous (openly evident to all eyes), going before them to the judgment [seat] and proclaiming their sentence in advance; but the sins of others appear later [following the offender to the bar of judgment and coming into view there]. So also, good deeds are evident and conspicuous, and even when they are not, they cannot remain hidden [indefinitely].” It’s simple, Do to others what you would love to be done to you, and don’t do to others what you would hate to be done to you.