"You Reap What You Sow" August 20, 2022
Saturday, August 20th
Take5 Devotional today written by Clara Cutbill, Elementary Assistant Director
You Reap What You Sow
Scripture to read today: Esther 7:1-10
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
Haman was so focused on gaining power and honor, that he lost sight of the consequences of his actions. Paul tells us in Galatians that we reap what we sow. Haman sowed pridefulness, hatred, bitterness, resentment, and tyranny. The result of this is a harvest full of punishment and judgment. The consequences of Haman’s actions and the judgment from God led to a grand reversal. The honor that Haman intended for himself went to Mordecai and the punishment he intended for Mordecai was given to him. Haman’s quest for power and riches blinded him from the greatest power found in God.
We cannot hide anything from God. No sin or hardness of our hearts is safe from the judgment of God. There are consequences to our thoughts and our actions. We do indeed reap what we sow. If we choose a path similar to Haman, we will face the consequences. Yet, if we repent from our sins and choose to sow a life lived in humility with God, our harvest will flourish. We have control over the choices that we make in our lives. We can choose to live a life that honors God and allows us to live eternally with God. We can choose to foster a community that helps us grow and encourages us to be better. We should seek to make choices that lead to a harvest of blessings instead of consequences. No one can hide from God’s judgment, but we can decide to be a part of the blessings instead. We reap what we sow so we should be intentional about sowing a life lived with God and for God.
- Final Thought: Pray to God asking for forgiveness of any sins God has brought to light this week. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you commit to sowing a life lived with God in humility.