Monday, 16 May 2011

Are you reaping... or are you sowing?

Almost 4 years ago now we had a major family fall out.  It is still that way and there is much hurt.  This one family member lied so much about us and so convincingly that it tore the wider family apart!  Through it all we have tried and continue to try do things God's way.  We have most definitely failed along the way but slowly but surely, the truth is seeing the light of day.  Our goal was that things would unfold God's way and in His time (however difficult that has been) and that we wouldn't seek 'revenge'.  We would wait on God.

During this whole saga I asked myself, "Are we reaping?  What did we do to deserve this?"  It was during this time of thinking we had somehow brought this on ourselves that I read a comment by Joyce Meyer.  She said when something goes wrong, ask yourself the question, "Am I reaping, or are they sowing?"

WOW!!!  That released me there and then from unfounded condemnation!  I had NEVER done, nor would I EVER do, to my worst enemy what they had done to us, never mind to my own family!  So, they are sowing!  One of the many scriptures I have clung to through this is:
Rom 8 v 28:  And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.

I know that I must check my heart and check my motives and sort our any wrong in this situation caused by me! But I rest in the knowledge that this is not us reaping.   God judges us by the intent or our hearts and mistakes and all, our intentions for this family member were good and WE WILL REAP THAT in God's timing.  But his intentions for all he has done and is still doing is to destroy us.  He will reap that.

Having said that, God is merciful and maybe this whole thing is about this person's ultimate salvation.  After nearly 4 years, hard as it has been, we do pray for his salvation.  I can only see it happening in a Damascus Rd sort of way but that is for God to decide or to bring about in His time.  I said to my husband today that if this person were to come to salvation, I would be happy because God does not want anyone to be lost.

My encouragement for you today is if you are going through something uncomfortable or painful, at the hands of someone else, ask yourself, "Am I reaping, or are they sowing?"

God bless
Tracy

6 comments:

  1. I like that. Am I reaping or are they sowing? A different perspective once again.

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  2. Thank you for sharing from your heart ... God's timing is indeed perfect (love that little pic)

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  3. Hi Tracy, As I read this post, a verse I memorized as a teen came to mind. "So if you are suffering according to God's will, keep on doing what is right, and trust yourself to the God who made you, for he will never fail you."
    I Peter 4:19. I hope you will continue to rest in these Words from God, written for you!

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  4. Thank you very much Bonnie - I am going to write that one down now. God bless, Tracy

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  5. God's timing is perfect! He knew I needed to read your post tonight! Thank you, Tracy for sharing and for words of encouragment. Peace and blessings, Annette

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  6. Thanks for sharing this, Tracy! Good Word! :)

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