Are You Reaping What You Have Sown?

Reaping, in this article, is a reference to getting what you deserve. In our text (i.e., I Pet. 5:8-11), Peter first of all urges his readers to resist the devil. And then he haves them to know that God will restore them, after they have suffered a little while.

We don’t spend much time talking about resisting the devil. And every now and then we need to remind ourselves that we all must suffer, but we have some hope also. In this devotional series, I want to suggest that we should work on resisting and suffering with hope.

In this particular devotional, let’s focus on how suffering can be caused by our previous actions. No matter how saved we are, we can expect that we will have our share of suffering. We may invite and bring loved ones with us to church and to meet Jesus.

We may give our best in helping our community be a better place. We may strive to be a sanctified singles or faithful spouses. However, suffering will still come.

Some of our suffering is because we are reaping what we have sowed. Galatians 6:7 teaches us that we shall reap what we have sown. Some of us are bearing the consequences of previous decisions and actions.

If you smoked and got drunk all of your life, you can expect some health challenges on the back end of life. If you wasted your money on a bunch of liabilities and consumables then you can expect retirement to be a scary proposition.

If you have been mean and non-responsive to people’s needs most of your life then you can expect people to leave you alone when you are in need. It is not very up lifting (smile), but the truth is that some of our suffering is simply the consequences of previous actions.

If our suffering is because of our sin, we should confess our sins to God, strive to live an obedient life from here on, and thank God that He still has a blessed plan for lives of His people.

Self-Examination

How much suffering is going on in your life because of your own wrong doing or failure to do right?

What are you going to do about this kind of suffering?

Prayer

Great and awesome God, I praise You for being a God who is more powerful than any satanic influence that I will ever encounter. I thank You for Your marvelous plan for Your people. I thank You for saving me and allowing me to be numbered among Your people.

I confess that I have sown some sinful seeds in my life. I have done wrong and failed to do right. Please forgive me for these and my many other sins, in the name of Jesus.

Please help me to sow more godliness. Thank You, in the name of Your Son and my Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. Please complete the feedback form below.

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