Bible Thought

Ever Consider that the Grand Canyon is a Scar from Sin?

I had never thought about reading Genesis 1:1 and 31 as if they were the bookends to the creation story, yet they flow like a perfect summary of everything God created. Read them as if it was a single statement and that 29 verses did not come between them.

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.

Yet something happened that caused everything God had made to not be perfect anymore—sin. Because of sin we have death, destruction, disease and decay.

We often talk about getting back to nature and experiencing the world the way God intended it, yet it is impossible to do so. Do you realize that everything good and wonderful we can experience and enjoy in nature is cursed? It used to be so much better than it is today. Everything was perfect according to God’s Word. But it is not perfect today. There is the curse of sin on this world.

For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

—Romans 8:22

photo of the Grand Canyon

The beauty and splendor of the Grand Canyon is a result of the Genesis flood. Without that punishment on sin we would not have the Grand Canyon. As beautiful as the canyon is to observe (it is more incredible in real life than pictures can ever portray), we should step back and remember that it is a scar upon God’s creation. God intended a world that was so much better.

This was brought up today when a friend was talking about a question we often hear asked, “How could a loving God allow bad things to happen?” The truth is that God did not cause bad things to happen on the earth. It is because of sin we have disease and destruction today.

Bad things happen to good people because sin is in this world. Yet there is coming a day when God will make all things new again.

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

—Revelation 21:1-5

Bible Thought

The Law of Sowing and Reaping

Sowing and Reaping Principle

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 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. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

—Galatians 6:7-9

When we think about sowing and reaping, a topic the Bible actually covers quite a bit, we are prompted to think about the physical world even though the Bible is speaking of spiritual things. God’s promise is that we will reap. This can be either good or bad, depending on what it is you are sowing.

You Reap What You Sow

If you plant corn, you reap corn. No one expects to plant green beans and have carrots sprout up. However, we tend to think that we can sin and do wrong and still reap good things.

This does not have to be negative though. These verses are nestled into a beautiful passage of verses (1-10) that talk about doing good and serving others. The result is a promise that you will reap after the same kind as you sow.

You Reap More Than You Sow

This is the part of the law of sowing and reaping that can either excite you are scare you. Obeying God and serving Him can result in some wonderful blessings. I am not advocating a “name it and claim it” type religion, but God does promise that you will reap more than you sow (Matthew 25:14-30).

This is a natural principle. The farmer who plants one kernel of corn does not expect a single kernel to pop up. No, he expects a whole stalk with several ears which have hundreds of kernels of corn on them.

You Reap in Proportion to What You Sow

Beyond reaping more than you sow, you also reap proportionately to what you sow. If you sow one seed for a bean stalk you can expect dozens or hundreds of beans. But if you plant 10 you can expect a to reap 10 times more than if you only planted one. That is natural in the law of sowing and reaping.

You Reap Later Than You Sow

As a young boy I remember we planted a garden each year. I got excited to think about all the little veggies growing in the field. I had hoped to see new growth every day. I also grew impatient at times when the garden progressed so slowly. But an experienced farmer knows that the harvest doesn’t happen overnight. It takes weeks for some crops, months for others and can even take years for other kinds of crops to mature for the harvest.

However long it takes, the law of sowing and reaping indicates that the harvest comes at a later time. We will reap if we continue to sow.

How’s Your Garden?

Are you sowing good seed? Remember you will reap what you sow, more than you sow, later than you sow and to a greater proportion than what you sow.

Bible Thought

Sin, Judgment and Repentance

I just finished reading the book of Judges which is typified with the cycle of the Children of Israel falling into sin. They are punished by God through another nation or judge. The people then repent and find deliverance. Yet, they fall back into sin once again.

The final verse of the book, Judges 21:25, gives a summary of the problem.

In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

The Israelites are typical of people throughout the ages. We want to do what is right in our own way of thinking.

Rightness and wrongness are not determined by our feelings or opinions. It is determined by God’s Word.

In the book of Judges the people did not just do wrong to rebel against God; they justified their actions. What about us today? Are we trying to justify our actions by our own thinking? You may not think that you are going against God and His Word, but any time you think your situation justifies your disobedience to the Bible, then you are falling into the same trap of sin that the Children of Israel fell into. According to the cycle in the book of Judges, the next step in your life is judgment. Consider carefully how you proceed from here.