Sow the Wind; Reap the Whirlwind

from Lynda Lindsey

They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. Hosea 8:7

Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, until He comes and showers righteousness on you. But you have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil, … Hosea 10:12-13(a)

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Sprit will reap eternal life.  Galatians 6:7-8

Imagine the delight of finding grapes in a desert or early fruit on a fig tree. God’s founding relationship with Israel was that special. A time of great beginnings and high hope, God promised blessings for Israel’s obedience. Israel was like a spreading vine, which should have been a good thing. Except the more fruit Israel bore and the richer she became, the more wickedness and idolatry flourished. Corruption, arrogance, hearts burning, lusting for power, like an oven so hot the baker doesn’t need to stir up the fire, perpetuated, and even multiplied evil. Persistent sin hardened people’s hearts.

Both Israel and Judah stumbled together. They relied on their own strength, other nations, and pagan gods for salvation, refusing to seek God. Hosea warned Israel idolatry would bring a whirlwind of shame; that continual indulgence in sin would reap exile. Hosea pleaded for people to return to God, to sow seeds of righteousness in hearts softened by repentance, to no avail. They sowed the wind and reaped the whirlwind as a result, for even a small breeze, under the right conditions, can kick up to gale force. 

Hosea’s words are still timely. Return to the Lord Most High lest we become like faulty bows shooting unreliable arrows, leaving ourselves open to defeat in battle. The solution? Break up the unplowed ground of our heart. Seek God and His showers of righteousness and blessing. We reap what we sow. The choice is ours. We sow from the selfish nature resulting in destruction and exile, or we sow to please the Spirit, resulting in life eternal. Choose wisely.