Sow righteousness, reap love

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Pastor's Desk | No Comments

Rev. Franklin Graham has said that our nation is morally crumbling within and that we have turned our backs on God. Countless pundits, prognosticators, and talk show hosts fill our minds with numbing details of this pervasive decay. While it so happens that I agree with Graham’s assessment of our national disease, it nevertheless begs the question: what shall be done? I know one thing for sure: the media won’t tell us the truth, nor will our elected officials. Fortunately for us, through His servants, God sends His Word of Law and Gospel, for He desires that none should perish, but that everyone should turn to Him and live.

The LORD spoke his word to Jonah, son of Amittai. He said, “Leave at once for the important city, Nineveh. Announce to the people that I can no longer overlook the wicked things they have done.”

Like so many in our own day, Jonah didn’t much care for God’s plans, and tried to go his own way. After a three day experience of divine discipline and correction in the belly of a great fish, Jonah, with reluctant repentance, accepted his assignment.

The people of Nineveh believed God. They decided to fast, and everyone, from the most important to the least important, dressed in sackcloth.

Here we see the only answer to the question: what shall we do? Believe God. Change the way you think and act. Give some outward sign of the seriousness of your sorrow over sin. Every year God renews the cry of the prophets to his people in the 40 days of Lent: Return to the Lord your God! For He is gracious and merciful; slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love!

God saw what they did. He saw that they turned from their wicked ways. So God reconsidered his threat to destroy them, and he didn’t do it.

How shall we respond to God’s call? Pray for the Holy Spirit to bring conviction of sin through the Word so that we may be among those who fear and love God.

But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word. (Isaiah 66:2b)

May it be said of us as it was said of old: The people of Nineveh believed God.

—Pastor Paul Becker

Sow righteousness for yourselves and reap faithful love; break up your unplowed ground. It is time to seek the LORD until He comes and sends righteousness on you like the rain. —Hosea 10:12