“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect (blameless). And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.” Genesis 17:1-6
I have been at the crossroads of evil and good and have not always chosen wisely. I have looked around to see if anyone was watching, ignorant of the fact that God had a crystal clear view of my actions. I thought I could hide my sin as naively as Adam and Eve attempted to do when God called out to them in the garden. I remember back to a time when I purchased some cassette tapes that contained explicit lyrics, and I knew my parents would not allow me to have them. I played them on low volume and had more of the lyrics memorized than I did Bible verses. The lyrics infiltrated my mind and did not lead me to godliness, but rather drove me further away from the truth of God’s Word. I hid these tapes in my sock drawer in hopes they would never be discovered.
I have never been accused of being highly intelligent, so this explains my not-so-secret hiding spot. I came home from school one day only to find the tapes prominently displayed on the kitchen table. I was devastated that I got caught, and there was really nothing I could do to explain my actions. I was shocked, but what I had sown in my sock drawer I had reaped on the kitchen table. I accused my mom of snooping in my stuff, but it is hard to blame someone who washes your socks and does you a favor by putting them away for you.
My friend Ben and I recently recorded a podcast on Psalm 1, and it was a great blessing to me, and I hope it was to others as well. I think of the covenant God made with Abraham and the covenant God has also made with us. Abraham was tremendously blessed, but we can take part in this blessing as well. God's law of reaping and sowing is both a sobering reminder and a promising truth - depending on what we are sowing. Galatians 6:8 states, “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”
Psalm 1:2-4 talks about a blessed person: “But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Abraham was given a command to walk before God and be blameless. God promised to exceedingly multiply his offspring. I think of the many times I have chosen evil over good and the times I was not delighting in God’s Word or meditating on the things of God. Abraham was indeed blessed by God as his future offspring was the promised Savior, Jesus Christ. God’s blessings are better than anything the Devil can tempt us with, and His promises far exceed anything we can imagine.
What are you sowing today? Are you sowing to the flesh, fulfilling your own selfish desires, or are you sowing to the Spirit, working to honor God with your life? Are you walking before our all-knowing Lord in a blameless manner, or have you adopted your own standard of what is right? May we fall on our face before almighty God and choose that which is right over that which is evil. God kept His covenant with Abraham and Abraham walked rightly before His God. What will you choose today? Don't trade eternal blessings for sinful pursuits that last for only a moment. Keep sowing that which is good so that you may reap that which is everlasting.
Stay in the fight!