Suggested Bible Reading: Isaiah 14
The Old Testament prophets often prophesied using the current events to predict a future event. Here in Isaiah 14, the prophet is telling the story of how Babylon and all its wickedness and brutality would receive the same unmerciful treatment it had dished out. He prophesies that the one who ruled in anger and administered continual blows to the people is now reaping what it sowed. Galatians 6:9 says, “Be not deceived God is not mocked, whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap.” The principle of sowing and reaping teaches us three things: (1) We reap exactly what we sow. If we plant a corn seed, we will grow corn. (2) We reap more than we sow. We plant a seed and reap two ears of seed. (3) We reap later than we sow. We plant in April and harvest in September. The evil kings of Babylon received exactly what they had sown. This chapter is also a revelation of the fall of Satan and the ultimate destruction of him in the lake of fire. We fight Satan and his forces of evil, but we rejoice in the truth that he will one day get what he has sown. The other humbling reality is we reap what we sow.
• Lord, help me to sow seeds of grace, truth, righteousness, and mercy.
• Lord, help me to be patient to wait on Your timing for harvest.
• Lord, help me to remember that sowing and reaping does not need to be a negative threat, but an encouraging positive promise.