Between the sowing and the reaping.
Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.
The farmer does not expect immediate produce from sown seed. He may wish it. He may need it. But he does not expect it. Experience has taught him the laws of the harvest. Yet, while he doesn’t expect immediate produce, he does expect produce. Why else sow?
Paul takes us into the spiritual dimensions of sowing and reaping in Galatians 6:7-9. The lessons are as old as the hills and far more valuable. Between the sowing and the reaping do not forget…
God’s laws prevail in every realm. God is not mocked by the contrary words and ways of men. The first law of the harvest is that we reap what we sow. In the interim, between the sowing and the reaping, people may convince themselves that it is not so. The one who sows to his sinful nature may come to believe that his sin has no consequence. The one who sows to the Spirit may despair of seeing the fruit of his labor. But both are equally wrong, for the laws of God always prevail.
Sowing to sinful human nature will reap further corruption. Galatians 6:8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption. The degradation of life brought on by our rebellion against the Lord of life continues unabated. We should revisit Romans 1:18-32 periodically. What begins in ungodliness in Romans 1:18 finally flushes itself out in the cesspool of Romans 1:28-32. It isn’t pretty because it isn’t pretty. There simply is no getting better without God. And there is no static state either. It can only get worse without him.
Sowing by and to the Holy Spirit will reap eternal life. Galatians 6:8 but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let the faithful never forget. This harvest is just as certain as the other. The difficulty is that the corruption is in our face every day. The person whose eyes have been opened by the Holy Spirit cannot help but see it. But the harvest of life is not so clear. Perhaps the reason is that we have been called to walk by faith. Romans 8:24-25 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Don’t let out of sight be out of mind. The harvest comes.
The delay is dangerous. This interim, this present darkness, is dangerous for both sowers. It is dangerous for the one sowing to the flesh for he fools himself. He puts away the most critical choice of his life, the call of God in Christ to repent and believe. It is dangerous for the one sowing to the Holy Spirit for another reason. His danger is that he will grow weary. Disappointment mounts and may morph into despair. This is why Paul wrote the next verse.
Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Or listen to James. James 5:7-8 Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
John 3:16. What a wonderful Savior he is!