I have a small acreage, very small, only 40 acres, some is trees, some is yard, a few acres in hay and the remainder was in wheat and it’s time to start harvesting wheat in the area and I was talking with the neighbor about yield on my land. I never expect to make a lot, but I do want to make expenses and hopefully, get enough to pay property taxes. Sometime I do, sometimes, I barely make expenses. Now, for city folks, 40 acres might sound like a lot, but most of the people in my area have way over 600 acres, sometimes 3 or 4 times that, so my farmette isn’t too much. But, the money from the crops is nice. As we were talking, he told me the yield so far, but the better crop land is not quite ready to harvest and I hope that it will be even better, regardless of how good the upper fields do for me. When the fields are planted, I always pray for good crops, the right amount of sunshine, proper temperatures, plenty of rain (but not too much) and no bad weather such as hail or high winds that would destroy the crops. There is too much invested to not get a return.
As I thought about sowing and planting, waiting for the harvest and hoping for reaping large amounts of what was sowed, I also thought about seeing people that seem to be praying for a crop failure. They have sinned, against God or against a person or persons in some way and they fear the harvest of their sins. Perhaps they are afraid that someone will do them the same way that they did others, or maybe even their harvest will be even GREATER than what they sowed. At first they do wrong, feel good about their misdeeds until they start to think about the “reward” for the sins. Fearing the sins will be revisited on them by those they sinned against or others. I would hate to live that way, essentially like a criminal that has escaped jail, always looking over their shoulder, waiting for the police to come and take them back to their prison. Actually when thinking on that, living in that kind of fear and stress is definitely it’s own type of prison and maybe worse than a physical prison. Sadly, many people know what they are planning is a sin, but then still do it and should know that sins are repaid upon the sinner, then, dread when the sins do come back to them.
But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out. Numbers 32:23
While one can confess their sins to Christ and be forgiven, depending on the sins, they may not be forgiven by man or society. A car thief can confess to Christ, be saved and have forgiveness, but that doesn’t carry over into the legal system and they will still have to face the courts and punishment.
1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
5 For every man shall bear his own burden.
6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
I know Christ has forgiven all my sins and redeemed me to the Father for them. I know that there are no legal, medical, business or other issues like that of which to be concerned, although there may be some personal issues that could always possibly create issues but those hopefully won’t. I know since I have been saved, there are no areas of my behavior or actions for which I should be persecuted by man or God. Well, I should say, if there have been sins against God, they were unintentional and not known to me. I have seen Christians sin intentionally, thinking that it is okay if they do wrong to someone and after they have gotten whatever benefit for those sins, they plan to ask God for forgiveness. The man I worked for after high school would do that, intentionally overcharging people for materials by buying far more supplies than needed for the actual project, charging them for all and taking twice as much as he used when the project was done, doing less work than promised because he said they won’t see it anyway and it wasn’t really necessary, and promising to have something completed by a certain date, but not make any effort to work on that particular project because others would have a better profit, among many things. Then, he would later make comments about how he shouldn’t have done that and say he was going to pray for forgiveness. Yet, within a few days at most, he would be doing the same kind of things again and, yet again, after it was done and he had the money for the project and the extra materials he would seek forgiveness. God finds that insulting and, I suppose one could possibly consider it blasphemy.
My Heavenly Father, I praise Your Holy name and thank You for forgiving my sins. I am trying hard not to sin again, I ask for Your help that I not do so. I ask that any in the past that I sinned against forgive me as I have forgiven those who sinned against me. I pray for those who sin others intentionally and then pray for forgiveness and hope for no repercussions from their sins that they not do that in the future and that they earnestly seek forgiveness from you and then not sin against You again. I ask that You work in my heart and help me have the heart of Christ, that You work on me to make me the servant that You wish me to be and that You draw loved ones to You and show them Your truth, the only truth, that salvation is there through Jesus. Thank You for all the blessings and mercy You give me.
In Jesus Name, Amen.
Since this started out talking about crops, the next time you eat, that is due to the hard work of farmers. I don’t do that work on my land and glad I don’t, the dirt, dust, heat are all more than I care to contend with from a job. Have a blessed day, and be a blessing to at least one other.