12 Sow with a view to righteousness, Reap in accordance with kindness; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD Until He comes to rain righteousness on you. 13 You have plowed wickedness, you have reaped injustice, You have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your way, in your numerous warriors
As we journey down the path of life, we are sowing seeds as we go. Each time we choose between what is right and what is wrong, we drop a seed of either righteousness or wickedness. Some seeds that we drop are quick-growing and we quickly see the results of our actions. Others are slow to grow. They take time and it takes a while for us to see what grew.
As we walk, we mostly reap what we sow. It is NOT true that we always reap what sow, as many believe. Thankfully, God does not always give us what we deserve. God has power over our crops and His grace causes good things to grow from bad seeds. If we always got what we sewed, that would mean that God has no power over them and could not inject grace into them. As someone who has experienced way more of God’s amazing grace than I could ever deserve, I can tell you that it is true that God can cause a good crop to grow out of bad seed! My life is a witness to that, as is yours.
Another example of this is Frederick Douglas. He lived in the 1800’s. He was a slave until he was 20, when he was able to escape. He became a world renown abolitionist. He wrote books on the horror of slavery. He rose to be an adviser to Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. I am barely scratching the surface on the many things this man did. You can find a good bio to start with here and here. You are probably wondering what Frederick Douglas has to do with good fruit coming from bad seed, right? Frederick’s mom was raped by her white master. He was conceived through a rape, a really bad seed being sowed. But God, grew this man to be a voice for the voiceless. He brought people’s attention the atrocity and horrors of slavery. By God’s grace we got this good man from an evil act.
Does this mean we can sow a bunch of bad seed and good things will allow grow? Of course not. We live among (and might be one ourselves) people’s whose lives are totally messed up because of evil seeds planted. How many kids have a messed up life, because their parents sowed bad seeds. We must be careful to plant good seeds as we go. Sadly most of the seeds, which are planted in this world are full of wickedness. We must do our part to plant good seeds for those who come after us and walk with us. As we consciously decide between doing what is right and what is wrong, we need to think through what we are planting and then choose wisely.
Dear God, first and foremost I thank you for Your grace. You have cause bad seeds in my life to grow up to good fruit. Help me to plant good seeds as I go and reap what is right. When I am choosing between obeying and disobeying, help me to think about his and choose what is right. You alone have the power over our seed. You have the power over everything. There is nothing that is, which does come under Your authority. You are a big, big God! Amen.