Daily Devotional: Psalms 57:6-11
6 They spread a net for my feet--I was bowed down in distress. They dug a pit in my path--but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah 7 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music. 8 Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. 9 I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. 10 For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. 11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 The one who sows to please the flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Another way to say the same thing that Paul said is when we say that what goes around, comes around. The way we treat others is often the way we are treated by them. Paul told the Corinthians that when we sow bountifully, we will also reap bountifully. He is talking about being generous to those who are in need and the reward is what we get from God in return. It is laying up treasure in heaven.
But it is also an earthly principle. I have seen so many examples of this over the years. Ladies who never go to or help give showers have their feelings hurt when someone in their family is given one and only a few attend. People who never prepare food or offer help to the sick or have a death, wonder why when they are the recipient, the food is sparse. This does not justify anyone from not helping when needed, but it sure explains it. We reap what we sow.
I have seen parents who were lacking in love and compassion for their children and then when they got older and needed help, it was either not there at all or was given grudgingly. We are to honor our father and mother (and this means helping them when needed) but it sure is easier when they have been kind, loving and caring parents to us. It is never right to be unkind but we reap what we sow.
Heavenly Father help me remember that everything I say and everything I do is an act of sowing and that I will reap the harvest. Help me look for ways to be helpful and seek out opportunities to be kind and show love. Fill me with your love so I will not be judgmental toward others. Help me honestly see my own faults before I try to correct others, to remove the plank from my own eye before I try to remove the speck of sawdust from the eye of another. Give me wisdom and strength to be used as you want me to be used in your service. In Jesus name I pray.