Planting Seeds

Men often blame God for the result of his own seed sowing.  The prophet Jeremiah crying over the destruction of Jerusalem and the captivity of the people asks the question, and leads us to acknowledge our own sins: Why should man complain because of the punishment of his sins? Let us test and examine our ways, and let us return to the Lord! Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven: We have transgressed and rebelled and You have not pardoned (Lamentations 3:39-42). This is the direction we must take to deal with the consequences of bad seeds we are harvesting. Our God is never to be blamed for the consequences of our decision to sin against Him. YAHSHUA asked the question: do people pick grapes from thorns or figs from thistles? He assured us that a good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor a bad tree bear excellent fruit (Matt. 7:17-19). The Bible tells us that the heart of men is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly perverse and corrupt and severely, mortally sick! Who can know it? I the Lord search the mind, I try the heart, even to give to every man according to the fruit of his doings (Jer. 17:9b-10). The heart empty of the presence of God, is a heart filled with evil and capable to plant evil seeds that will carry man to his own destruction.  But it is not so for the righteous man, for God says, Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds (Isaiah 3:10), but to the sinful person ruin and fall will follow him because his speech and their deeds are against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of His glory and defy His glorious presence (Isaiah 3:8). The integrity of the upright shall guide them, but the willful contrariness and crookedness of the treacherous shall destroy them (Prov. 11:3); Behold the righteous shall be recompensed on earth; how much more the wicked and the sinner (Prov. 11:31)!

Our actions of yesterday shaped our today and will continue to shape our tomorrow. It will be wise to consider the consequences of our actions before we bring them forth. Plant seeds today that will bring blessings to you and to others tomorrow and you will experience the goodness and faithfulness of our God.  Let’s consider Lamentations 3:39, that says, Why does a man complain for the punishment of his sins? Know this, whatever is happening to us, in many situations, we did to ourselves; our sins of yesterday are finding us out today.  Paul warned us to plant good seeds, for whatever we plant, that we will reap!

Samson was chosen to be a Nazirite to God from his birth, according to what the angel of the Lord declared to his parents, before he was conceived. As a Nazirite, he was to abstain from wine and no razor was to go through his hair; he was chosen for the purpose to deliver Israel out of the hands of the Philistines (Judges 13:5); instead, Samson fell into the hands of the Philistines as the results of the bad seeds he planted during his life-time. Suffering the consequences of his foolishness, he paid with his own life. This is a sad story lived by a man whose beginning was so special, but his decision to follow women instead of God, erased his greatness, although he killed more philistines in his death while bound and blind by his enemies. He died together with them as he collected the fruit of the seeds he planted in his youth. Yes, the Lord searches the mind, He tries the heart, even to give to every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings (Jeremiah 17:10). Samson is an example of it.

When Adam and Eve decided to plant the seed of disobedience, the whole world suffered the consequences; even the innocent part of nature suffered and continues suffering its consequences. And in the hope of its freedom in the revealing of God’s sons, it moans in the pains of labor, waiting for such revelation (Romans 8:19-23). As in the law of nature one seed planted produces hundreds of fruits; so, it is with our behavior- the seeds we plant, good or bad; they will give us hundreds and hundreds of fruits we must eat while on this earth. Seeds of love are seeds planted which carry an eternal value with heavenly reward, for it heals lives and transport them to YAHSHUA, our Savior, Who loved us with perfect love. Seed of faithfulness opens heaven and let those who planted it to enter and receive the victor’s crown.

Don’t be deceived my friend, God will never be mocked by your seed of disobedience; in your youth, plant good seeds that will bring wonderful fruit for you to enjoy in your old age; when your eyes are dim and your strength is gone; when you cannot hear the melodious singing of the birds echoing to God songs of praise. Go through life rejoicing planting good seeds, for this is the will of God for you in your allotted time on earth.

THINK ABOUT IT!

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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