You Reap What You Sow

I heard a question recently that merits our attention.  Someone asked my husband, “Do you think God is punishing my children because of my sin?”  What parent hasn’t asked himself that question?  I would have to answer that question in the affirmative, and I will give Scripture to back up my answer.

There have been movies and TV shows about the question, “What would you do for a million dollars?”  At this point, I am convinced that people would do just about anything for a million.  That of course proves that they think money is the answer to all of their problems.  They think that if they can get their hands on a million dollars, they can undo the damage done by the way they received it.  I was appalled the first time I saw the show, “Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire?” I must say by the response to that show, I was not alone in my shock.  There was not just one willing woman or two willing, but many who would marry a total stranger for the right amount of cash.  Talk about selling out!  What an indictment on our society!  Ol’ what’s her name should have gotten a clue from this guy that if he was such a catch, he wouldn’t have had to go to such extremes to get a wife in the first place!  Come on!  And of course there have many shows where people are willing to eat absolutely anything no matter how disgusting, willing to do anything, no matter how dangerous, willing to go anywhere no matter how far away or how hard to get there for – MONEY.

Let me turn the tables around a little to get to the heart of what I am trying to say.  What are you willing to give up to please your flesh or yourself?  This is a day of rampant sin.  God is certainly being patient with this sin-sick world.  There is no end to the evil imagination of mankind.  And, it is so accessible!

If you knew that the sin you are involved in could cost the life of a child, would you still do it?  If you knew you were going to disgrace your family, would you still do it?  If you knew you were going to disgrace the honor of God, would you still do it?  I must say by observing people’s lives, the answer to these questions is, “Yes, I am willing to take the gamble.”

The Bible backs up my premise that others may have consequences to pay for your sin.  Remember the story of Achan in the Bible?  The Israelites had just had that victorious win over Jericho – WOW!  That was a good one.  But one little ol’ man took just a little treasure – directly against the command of God.  He hid it- wrong, wrong, wrong!  You cannot hide anything from God.  And eventually, EVERYONE knew about it.  Did God punish Achan?  Absolutely.  But before that, many other Israelite were killed in their battle against the little town of Ai.  Not only them, but the Bible says Achan’s sons and daughters, and animals were stoned to death and burned with fire.  Joshua 22:20 says, “…wrath fell on all the congregation of Israel.  And that man did not perish alone in his iniquity.”  I would have to conclude that Achan loved his sin more than he loved his family.

In the New Testament, we have Ananias and Sapphira who sold some land. The church “folk” were selling their property and giving ALL the profits to the church.  Wanting the praise of men, without actually making the sacrifice – they were “faking it.”  They came to the service – good church folks!  Oh dear, how much of that is going on today?  The husband came in and lied – and died.  Then his wife did the same thing.  I don’t know who put the other one up to it, but in essence, they got each other killed – for greed!

The Bible says in Romans 14:7, “For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.”  Our lives are not our own.  What we do affects others like the rippling affect of a stone thrown in the water.  Remember that great old movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life”?  Jimmy Stewart’s character didn’t realize the affect – in his case a good affect – that he had had on so many people.  The same can be said of our bad actions.  We do not know its far reaching affects.

The Bible says in Exodus 20:5, “… for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me”  Yes, you are gambling with the lives of your beloved family – your children.

Also the Bible says in Hosea 8:7, “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.”  Your sin is not only going to reap more of its kind, but even much worse kind which explains the vileness of our day.

Let me ask the question again.  What are you willing to sacrifice for your sins?  Do you realize the gamble – “Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man soeth, that shall he also reap.“  You are not getting away with anything, no matter how many people you may be fooling.  God sees everything.

It is not worth the price you must pay, and especially the price others may have to pay.  God is serious about sin.  He is so serious, He sent His precious Son to pay our sin debt.  Accept Him today and get the victory over your sin!