Sowing The Wind

When I think back to all of the deliberate sin I took part in and even initiated I have huge regrets and great sorrow. Yet I also have rejoicing because God allowed me to live me long enough to repent and I know he has forgiven me. I am not suggesting I am sinless. I’m just so much less sinful than I used to be.

I have been taught, and through my own studies, I have learned and am still learning, how God wants me to be. The more I strengthen my relationship with him and know him, the more I want to be like him and please him.

“They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. Hos 8:7 This scripture paint a vivid picture for me. How does one sow the wind? We can’t even see the wind; we can only see the effects of it. In my mind I imagine planting a tiny seed of corn and watching it grow to a very large stalk. Same way with the wind, I imagine a gentle breeze turning into a tornado, and tornados usually leave a path of destruction. Sin can be just as enjoyable as a gentle breeze, yet left unchecked, it too can leave a crippling path of destruction.

We all know there is pleasure in sin, if it wasn’t; no one would be sinning. Yet that pleasure is only for a season.

I have to take inventory from time to time and examine myself to see if there are (idols) things in my life that shouldn’t be, whether it’s in how I speak, what I watch, what I read etc. If it isn’t going to please God then I don’t want it in my life.

Sin has consequences and there is no getting around it. They will sow wheat but reap thorns; they will wear themselves out but gain nothing. Jer 12:13

We bring trouble on ourselves when we neglect and refuse God and it won’t be without cost.

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Gal 6:7-8 

 

3 comments for “Sowing The Wind

  1. Greg England
    July 28, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    You continually amaze me, Janice. You can write the funniest stories, or leave us with a delicious recipe (except, of course, that one …), and then humble us with your insight into Scripture and your honest application to your own life. Thank you!!

    Thank you for your very kind words Greg.

  2. Judy
    July 28, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    I understand where you are coming from and appreciate your honesty and willingness to share. Not long ago, I went through a period of self-loathing, shame, and an attitude of trying to “go back in the past and fix some things I had done.” I asked God for forgiveness over and over for things He’d already forgiven me for long ago. For me, forgiving myself is the hardest part. I know God can, will, and does forgive. But I expect so much from myself that accepting that forgiveness from Him is truly hampered many times. It’s tough to wake up in the middle of the night with something on your mind that you did long ago. And, hopefully having progressed beyond that, wonder how you could ever have done a particular thing and cringe with shame…..and beat yourself up all over again. Praise be to God for His unspeakable, rich gift of grace through Christ.

    Amen Judy! God wants you to forgive yourself just as he has forgiven you and he allows you us to remember so “hopefully” we don’t repeat our sins.

  3. Doug Young
    July 28, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    What you’ve offered in this post is so true. Idolatry is alive and well; it’s cloaked in garb that it can be justified.

    Hey Doug, I agree! We love to justify things we shouldn’t be doing. Thanks for visiting. 🙂

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