When a cucumber seed is planted in the soil, what does one expect to come up from the ground? A tomato? Of course not! It is logical to expect to receive the correct return from what was planted. But how about seeds of character? If we sow seeds of anger for instance, do we expect people to like us? If we are lazy and are chronically late for work, do we expect to hold down the job? Just as we would not expect a tomato to come from the seed of a cucumber, so we ought not to expect the seeds of sin that we sow to produce a life of happiness, wealth, strong marriages, etc.
The scriptures are God’s gift of wisdom and instruction for living the abundant life that He destined for us. Galatians 6:7-10 says this: “Do not be deceived, God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the household of faith.”
Many times, our finances reflect the state of our character. If a person, for instance, is unkind, miserable to be around, and can’t get along with others, chances are, they will not be able to hold down a job which in turn, will lead them to poverty. If a person is frivolous with money and does not store up for themselves and their family, but spends just as much, if not more than they earn, they will plunge themselves into debt and they and their families will suffer. On the flip side, however, if a person has self-control with how much they spend, are a joy to be around, invest their money wisely and use their money to care for the needs of their family and the poor, this person will be blessed! God Himself will bring the increase because of the wise choices this one has made.
Thankfully, as long as we are alive, there is hope. “There is no pit too deep that God is not deeper still.” –Corrie Ten Boom. If you have found yourself in a financial pit that seems to have no bottom to it, be encouraged! For the Lord is an “ever present help in times of trouble”- Psalm 46:1. Take ownership for the seeds you have sown and seek God for wisdom through His word and His counselors. His wisdom cries out from the scriptures to any man who has ears to hear what He is saying. He is no respecter of persons, which means that ANY MAN can overcome if they listen and obey.
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