Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, May 26th, 2012
Sowing & Reaping (Part 1)
The Breakdowns
While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.
Genesis 8:22 (NKJV)
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
Galatians 6:7 (NKJV)
A law of nature is a law of God. 'Sowing and reaping' is a law of nature. But God created nature. Therefore God is 'supernatural'--meaning 'above nature, transcending nature, belonging to a higher realm' (Etymology Dictionary).

News flash: Something supernatural is beginning to happen in regard to sowing and reaping--especially in the entertainment industry. It's all about God, His plans, and us. But let's build up to an exciting conclusion. First, read the breakdowns and the story line:

Sowing: 'to scatter (seed) over land, earth, etc., for growth, to plant.'

Hoeing: 'to dig, scrape, weed, cultivate, etc., with a hoe.'

Cultivating: 'to prepare and work on (land) in order to raise crops; to train; to refine.'

Reaping: 'to cut with a sickle, as in harvest; to get as a return or result' (Definitions from Random House Dictionary).

Although few of us are farmers today, we can understand the natural laws of sowing seed, hoeing ground, cultivating crops, and reaping a harvest--to eat, to sell, and to enjoy. We sow and reap not only to survive, but also to thrive.

Farming is hard work and common sense guidelines apply: 'He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully' (2 Corinthians 9:6). 'The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing' (Proverbs 20:4).

But no matter how hard the farmer works, forces beyond his control can harm his harvest:

1) Weather: 'The famine will deplete the land' (Genesis 41:30).

2) Insects: 'He also gave their crops to the caterpillar, and their labor to the locust' (Psalm 78:46).

3) Labor disputes: 'Vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another' (Matthew 21:35).

4) Even sabotage: 'But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat' (Matthew 13:25).

'So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God Who gives the increase' (1 Corinthians 3:7).

To Be Continued...

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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