Reaping and Sowing

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 7

Gold Nugget
Verse 23: 
Till an arrow struck his liver. As a bird hastens to the snare, he did not know it would cost his life.

Proverbs chapter seven describes the foolish man that is deceived and trapped by the seductive harlot. The man, void of wisdom, is ruled by his flesh and doesn’t believe it will cost him anything for his actions. This picture is so prevalent in our society today that has become “immediate gratification” based. I often refer to it as our microwave society. We don’t have to earn a meal in the same manner we used to. When we want something that normally takes an hour, we get it in 2 minutes. That isn’t bad in itself. I’m not throwing away my microwave, but I do recognize how we cut out important lessons of reaping and sowing. Whether it’s reaping good things from good things we’ve sown or reaping bad things from bad things we have sowed, the lesson of cause and effect is a major element in a Christian’s journey towards maturity.

It’s still true that people will risk so much long term loss for pleasure today, or even for this moment. Whether it is the two teenagers, late at night in a back seat of a parked car that risk so much, satisfying the moment. Or, it may be the spouse that has a one night stand, risking the happiness of their family. It might be that extra drink before getting behind the wheel that ultimately may cost lives for the immediate pleasure it brings. It would be in your best interest to fill in the blank and allow this lesson to apply to you. We press on into foolish endeavors, investments and risk not weighing the costs. This describes the foolish man in today’s “gold nugget”, Till an arrow struck his liver. As a bird hastens to the snare, he did not know it would cost his life.

Lord, you know the areas of my life that this verse applies to. Help me to be of a mature mind that doesn’t allow my desires of today, or this moment, to risk the work you have done in my family and in my life. Help me to walk in maturity and wisdom and be a testimony of the work of your grace and mercy in my life. Amen

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