Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 1, 2016

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.”

Today’s devotion comes from Proverbs 11:15-31.

“15 He who is guarantor for a stranger will surely suffer for it,
But he who hates being a guarantor is secure.
16 A gracious woman attains honor,
And ruthless men attain riches.
17 The merciful man does himself good,
But the cruel man does himself harm.
18 The wicked earns deceptive wages,
But he who sows righteousness gets a true reward.
19 He who is steadfast in righteousness will attain to life,
And he who pursues evil will bring about his own death.
20 The perverse in heart are an abomination to the Lord,
But the blameless in their walk are His delight.
21 Assuredly, the evil man will not go unpunished,
But the descendants of the righteous will be delivered.
22 As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout
So is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion.
23 The desire of the righteous is only good,
But the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
24 There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more,
And there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want.
25 The generous man will be prosperous,
And he who waters will himself be watered.
26 He who withholds grain, the people will curse him,
But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.
27 He who diligently seeks good seeks favor,
But he who seeks evil, evil will come to him.
28 He who trusts in his riches will fall,
But the righteous will flourish like the green leaf.
29 He who troubles his own house will inherit wind,
And the foolish will be servant to the wisehearted.
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
And he who is wise wins souls.
31 If the righteous will be rewarded in the earth,
How much more the wicked and the sinner!”  Proverbs 11:15-31.

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The theme of today’s Scripture is that you reap what you sow.

“The merciful man does himself good,
But the cruel man does himself harm.”  Verse 17.

“The wicked earns deceptive wages,
But he who sows righteousness gets a true reward.”  Verse 18.

“He who is steadfast in righteousness will attain to life,
And he who pursues evil will bring about his own death.”  Verse 19.

“Assuredly, the evil man will not go unpunished,
But the descendants of the righteous will be delivered.”  Verse 21.

“If the righteous will be rewarded in the earth,
How much more the wicked and the sinner!”  (The wicked will be punished.).  Verse 31.

In summary, we read:  “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked;  for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.  For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.  Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.  So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.”  Galatians 6:7-10.

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