You reap what you sow.
Have you ever heard the saying, “You shall reap what you sow?” Have you listened to a lecture about consequences? Time for a quiz on consequences in the Bible!
Question 1: What was the consequence of David murdering Uriah so that David could marry Uriah’s wife? (II Samuel 11-13)
Question 2: What was the consequence of Jacob tricking his father into giving him the blessing that was reserved for Jacob’s brother? (Genesis 27)
Question 3: What was the consequence of Ruth choosing to follow her mother-in-law Naomi back to Israel? (Ruth 4)
How did you do? David asked for and received forgiveness from God for his sin. That didn’t mean that God removed the consequences. David and Bathsheba’s first child died, and David’s other sons tried to steal his power from him. David’s family was ripped apart.
Jacob knew that God had chosen him because God told his mother before Jacob was even born. But Jacob didn’t wait for God’s plan to unfold. He tricked his father into giving him Esau’s blessing. When Esau found out, he threatened to kill Jacob. Jacob ran away and could not return to his family for 20 years. Jacob’s choice ripped his family apart.
Ruth’s husband and Naomi’s husband died in Moab. Naomi decided to return to Israel but told Ruth to stay in Moab. But Ruth decided to stay with Naomi and take care of her—even in a foreign country like Israel. The consequence of this loving choice was that Ruth married an honorable Israelite named Boaz and became a grandmother of King David and Jesus Christ.
Reaping what you sow means that your choices will have consequences-either for good or bad. Making a bad choice doesn’t mean that God won’t forgive you, but it does mean that you will have to face consequences. The next time you have a choice to make, consider the consequences. Make a wise decision. Ask God for help. The consequences just may delight you!