Hosea 8:1-9:9, Psalm 92
The Biblical statement you reap what you sow is made more terrifying with the words, “They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.” (Hosea 8:7) God is making plain that Israel has sown idolatry and wickedness, thus evil and destruction is imminent for them. This reaping and sowing principle is absolutely true. If you spend your life smoking cigarettes, lung cancer is likely. If you neglect your children, chances are they will neglect you or disrespect you when older. The Bible teaches this principle, and everywhere assumes its reality in the fabric of creation. That doesn’t diminish that we don’t reap all that we sow, nor does all that we sow lead to the whirlwinds we deserve. God ultimately trumps the reaping and sowing principle with grace. Though our sins were scarlet, God will make us white as snow (Isaiah 1:18). As we read about the sowing principle, we delight in the obviousness of its truth, while still marveling that often and in the most important ways God intervenes to circumvent this principle, most definitively on the cross. Though we sowed the wind, Christ endured the whirlwind of human evil that we might be rescued, to the praise of our glorious God and Father. Amen.