This truth is often overlooked: we reap what we sow. It’s a truth built into God’s creation. We harvest what we plant and usually harvest more than we plant. God used the prophet Habakkuk to drive home this truth using the example of ancient Babylon. The prophet had complained that God was silent to the cries of his people mistreating each other. God told the prophet that relief was on the way—the coming Babylonians would punish evildoers in his nation. But God said after the Babylonians meted out pain on your people, I will use another nation to judge and punish the Babylonians. They will reap what they sow, and their reaping will be greater than their sowing. In Habakkuk chapter 2, God said of Babylonians “Because you have plundered many nations, now all the survivors will plunder you.” God even said the stones and beams of the homes Babylonians had taken by force would cry out to condemn them. God is displeased when we lie, cheat, and take advantage of others, especially the poor, widows, orphans, and foreigners. As followers of Christ, we should not only avoid such despicable deeds, we should work to end them in our society.

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