Fruits of Obedience
“If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. And your threshing shall reach unto (last to) the vintage (grape harvest), and the vintage shall reach unto (last to) the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.” Leviticus 26:3-5
People commonly say, “I believe in karma”, as if the universe balances things out either in their favor or against them depending on their past deeds. The allure to do good is dependent on the universe, and they put good things out “there” so good things will come back to them. Before there was the idea of “karma”, Creator God instituted in His world the law of sowing and reaping. If you plant a kernel of corn, you can expect it to produce a stalk of corn. God’s principle of sowing reaping is always at work, and it can work for you or against you depending on how you live your life.
In the summer of 1993, I went to camp three times and God really worked in my life. I committed my life to the Lord that summer, and I was done living my life on my own terms and in my own way. The Holy Spirit got ahold of my life, and I can still hear the tune of I Surrender All in my ears. I remember my mom writing the date in her Bible the day I committed my life to Christ, and I felt the huge burden of sin lifted off of my shoulders. I vowed to make my senior year the best year of my life spiritually, physically, and academically.
I finished the summer doing what what right and I reaped the consequences of living for God. I felt peace I had not felt in a long time, and I walked with Him in a way I had not had since I was a youth. I apologized to those I needed to, and made amends with many. I lost a lot of my friends that summer, but I was committed to doing right so I was okay with the separation. I knew my walk with God was real, and there was nothing I would have traded for it.
School started and I soon lost sight of that which I had committed to God, and I reaped those consequences as well. As I look at my life over that summer in comparison to the one that followed in the school year, I can see the stark contrast like night and day. I have come to understand that you will always reap what you sow. If you live in obedience to God, you will reap the fruits of obedience. And vice versa. There is nothing like living for the Lord and there is no greater despair when you choose to walk away from Him.
The children of Israel were given God’s promise of reaping blessings if they obeyed His law. Galatians 6:7 reiterates this truth, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” God sees all and His blessings extend to us if we obey Him, and if we choose to go our own way, we will face those dire consequences as well. God desires to bless His children, but we must walk in His way and do as He says. We will always reap what we sow, so we must be careful with the seed we cast out.
Where are you today friend? Are you walking in obedience to God’s command or have you chosen to go your own way? What will it take in your own life to bring you back to God? Are you willing to take the risk of it being too late? Will you turn to Him today? Maybe you are walking on the right path, but you are thinking of giving up and going your own way. Keep pursuing that which is right, and believe in God’s truth that you will reap the fruits of obedience.
Stay in the fight!