“Hear this, you who trample on the needy and bring the poor of the land to an end, saying, ‘When will the new moon be over, that we may sell grain? And the Sabbath, that we may offer wheat for sale, that we may make the ephah small and the shekel great and deal deceitfully with false balances'” (Amos 8. 4-5 ESV).
Amos lived in a society where his own countrymen were prospering at the expense of the poor and destitute. Israel and Judah were amassing wealth and times looked good for them; however, they were not in obedience to the Lord. The rich and the affluent were abusing their power, gaining wealth and living in sin for a brief moment. But little did they know that only a few years later they would they lose everything, including their own name as an independent country. Christian may walk in their self-directed path for a time, and they may get away with their disobedience for a little while; but God’s Word always stands firm. We reap what we sow. If we are sowing disobedience to God’s commands, we will eventually reap the absence of His blessings. If we are sewing obedience to God’s commands (found in Scripture and related to us daily by the Holy Spirit), we will eventually reap the fullness of God’s blessings. There can be a delay before the full effects of our actions manifest in the natural because our seeds take time to ripen and mature. But to be certain, our seeds will come to term and we will eat from the harvest we have created. God’s grace always forgives us but the principle of the harvest stands firm–the fruits of our labor whether for good or evil will manifest for all to see (Luke 12.3).
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” (Galatians 6.7 NIV).