Many abnormal events in the world may surprise us, and many unfair circumstances may irritate us. However, sowing and reaping are two of the most common phenomena that we observe. A person reaps what he or she sows, and there is no exception to this rule.
On two occasions, Isaacâ€™s servants dug wells for water in the valley, but each time the herdsmen from Gerar claimed the wells. Isaac did not quarrel with them; instead he submissively gave in to them. When his servants dug a third well, no one came to quarrel with them. Thus, Isaac named the place Rehoboth, which means "wide." Isaac sowed in humility, and reaped a broad rewardâ€”his enemies became his friends and he received abundant blessings from God (Genesis 26:19-22).
The tribe of Judah fought with a king named Adoni-bezek and captured him. They then cut off his thumbs and big toes. The king cried out penitently, "Seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off used to gather scraps under my table; as I have done, so God has repaid me" (Judges 1:5-7). Adoni-bezek had sowed cruelty, and reaped Godâ€™s retribution. As evidenced, the cause and effect were completely the same.
A certain child contributed five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus took the small offering and gave thanks. This seemingly small sacrifice turned into food for five thousand people. Everyone had enough to eat, and the leftovers filled twelve baskets. The child sowed in a limited way, but reaped a limitless blessingâ€”a blessing which fed himself and many others.
"Whatever a man sows, that he will also reap." The words of the Bible are unerring. Our God is not to be mocked. He allows us no room for self-deceit. We need to sow more seeds of goodness in keeping with the nature of the Holy Spirit, thereby obtaining and reaping greater blessings and rewards.