Last week a family member stood in our kitchen gazing at the word on our chalkboard.
R E A P
“Why do you have REAP on your chalkboard? It seems such a grim word.”
I suppose her thoughts went to “grim reaper.” Anything but.
We have a pickup date for our travel trailer – October 30th! Are we excited? Over the moon. Our first trip is pretty well planned and we will be visiting, in order: Magnolia and Chip’s Diner in Waco, TX on the 29th; pickup camper in Rice, TX on the 30th to include a one or two night “shakedown” period for finding glitches; then on to Belen, NM and meet Andrew and Barbara; then on to Holbrook, AZ to meet Anita and her hubs; visit the Petrified Forest, the Painted Desert, and on to the Grand Canyon. Then eastward on Interstate 40 to home.
Dreams do come true. Sowing DOES reap a harvest. This is what I want to focus on in today’s post. The Biblical principle of reaping. Get ready this could be like a Bible Sword Drill (do these still exist?).
And Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. The Lord blessed him…Genesis 26.12 (ESV) [same year – WOW!]
He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, And the rod of his anger will fail. Proverbs 22.8 [we will reap what we sow!]
He who observes the wind will not sow, And he who regards the clouds will not reap. Ecclesiastes 11.4 [is this sowing laziness?]
Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you. Hosea 10.12 [what an awesome ‘thing’ to sow — righteousness; reap mercy!]
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6.26 [Ah! to be a bird!]
[ The Cheerful Giver ] But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 2 Corinthians 9.6 [be a hysterically happy giver!]
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6.9 [Don’t count the days – don’t get tired of doing the right thing – ask the Lord to refresh you.]
When the Lord spoke REAP to me, He also confirmed it with Galatians 6.9. And 6.9 goes so well with the quote I used in the yellow box above.
The day you plant the seed…is not the day you eat the fruit.
The key here, and the lesson, is not to grow weary while sowing. While planting. While doing good.
I never had the gift of giving until my co-worker began praying that very thing for me. Now? My husband loves to say this about me, “She’s going to give away the store!” I am a hysterical giver – I love it. I think up ways to give and give more.
Joyce Meyer, one of my favorite Bible teachers, taught me that reaping suddenly comes after season after season after season of sowing. Don’t relate your giving to the getting. Just give. #1 you will never out-give God. #2 give out of your abundance. #3 give just because. #4 God doesn’t need our money – He wants our heart. #5 give sacrificially (even). Number 5 is a true gift of faith – when all you give is all you have. These are the hard things.
And, for heaven’s sake don’t just think giving is monetary because it isn’t. It can be just about anything. A meal. An hour of visitation. A card. A prayer. Just sow good seed.
And one day?
You will enjoy the fruit!
Life is God and God is Good!