We’ve all heard the verse, “for what a man sows, that will he also reap.” It’s usually used as a threat to keep people from doing wrong.
But what if we looked at that in a positive light?
We all know what it’s like to do backbreaking work, or mentally exhausting work, without necessarily knowing what the outcome will be. Researchers spend hours in labs and libraries hoping that their hypothesis will be proven with time and effort. Teachers invest in their students without ever being sure that they will remember everything that they were taught. Parents try to instill their children with good values without knowing exactly how they will turn out.
In those moments when we are doing hard work, we have to remember that, as we sow good things, we will reap good things.
I told my mom about all of my responsibilities.
“It’s your sowing season,” she said calmly. “What you sow, you will reap. And sowing is always hard work. But you will reap.”
I looked up the verse, which states: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” (Galatians 6:7). In the middle of a season of difficulty, it is easy to feel as though God forgot about us and all the work we’re doing. But God knows the amount of effort, time and energy each of us places in the work we are doing. And because He is just, we will reap what we sow.
It’s my sowing season. I am sowing good things into my relationship with the Lord, family, friends, as well as my career. And after the sowing, I have to wait. I have to trust that the Lord will do the work I need Him to do.
After another 12 hour workday, I can say this: I can’t wait for the reaping season.