|“You can either discipline yourself, or you can let Christ do it for you. If you do it, He does not need to do it. You discipline yourself by keeping your heart tender and teachable before the Lord, and by keeping His commandments. To the degree that you walk in obedience to His Spirit, you diminish His need to chastise you.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Galatians 6:7
When Job had experienced his calamity, and he lay in pain and ruin, three friends came to offer help. Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar have subsequently come to epitomize what poor friends look like. What did they say that was so wrong? The argument of all three was essentially the same: “Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off? Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same. By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.”19
The three friends applied the law of the harvest: what a man sows, he reaps. When you sow a field of barley in the spring you can expect a crop of barley in the fall. Therefore you can tell by the crop what was sown. “Job, you are reaping the fruit of iniquity. The way to reap a pain-free, prosperous life is to sow righteousness.” From where did these men get such an idea? Obviously from the moral gyroscope present in all people telling them right from wrong, fair from unjust.
Thus we have a problem. Since God rebuked Job’s three friends for fallacious reasoning, where did they go wrong? Maybe it isn’t a “law,” but rather a general idea that sometimes applies and sometimes doesn’t. But if this is so, then why does Paul make it a dogmatic assertion in Galatians?
The law of the harvest applies only to the eternal, the time of reaping on that great day of judgment. Men may reap in this life, but there is no guarantee. In order to apply it to the eternal you must believe that there are eternal consequences for temporal behavior, and that those consequences are both apparent and appreciable. If you do not apply it to the eternal, the only place you can make application is in the temporal. When you do that, you become like one of Job’s three friends.
19 Job 4:7-9
Genesis 33-35 Matthew 10:1-20 (New King James Version)
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Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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