Read Hosea 8
Focus on verse 7
Springtime has been my favorite time of year for as long as I can remember. In part this was because I grew up in a climate where spring meant winter was done and summer was coming. It was also because spring was the time that calves were born and crops were planted. It was time filled with hope of a pleasant summer and a bountiful harvest.
In today’s reading Ezekiel writes of Israel’s abandonment of God as their provider and protector. He describes their actions as “sowing the wind”. In other words what they are planting will produce nothing, or perhaps even worse than nothing.
For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. The standing grain has no heads; it shall yield no flour; if it were to yield, strangers would devour it. (v. 7)
In his letter to the Galatians the apostle Paul writes, “
do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” (Gal. 6:7)
Apparently there is a universal principle that holds true not only for planting crops and trees, but also for the way we live our lives. That principle is that whatever variety of vegetation we plant tends to be the variety we harvest. Another way of saying this as it applies to our lives is “what goes around comes around”. Some might also call this “Karma” or perhaps even more common; consequence – a word that our current culture seems to have forgotten the meaning of. Therefore…for the benefit of those who may never have looked it up – according to dictionary.com – “Consequences – the effect, result, or outcome of something occurring earlier: The accident was the consequence of reckless driving.”
As I consider why it might be that we no longer consider the consequences our actions it occurs to me that there might be two motivating factors. The first is that we feel we are somehow entitled to have every whim and desire that we can imagine gratified immediately. The second is that if something unpleasant does occur – it ultimately must be the fault of someone else. The idea that it might be related to a choice I made or action I initiated does not even enter the equation. Unfortunately, as Israel discovered, denial only works until truth overtakes it…eventually we all will reap what we have sown. If we have planted good seed – more good seed will be produced. If we have planted thorns and thistles – thorns and thistles will be what we will harvest. As always – the choice is ours. We are the ones who choose each day what we will plant. Those who are wise consider what it is they seek to harvest and plant accordingly.