With the merciful you show yourself merciful;
with the blameless man you show yourself blameless;
with the purified you show yourself pure;
and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.
Reading through the Psalms of King David, songs written by David to praise God, I always find a number of verses enjoyable to read. This was one of them.
Here David is expressing a concept that is worded many different ways in the Bible. It is the same concept expressed in a number of other religions and philosophies.
Most of us are familiar with the saying, “You reap what you sow.”
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.
What these verses are talking about is consequences of your actions. King David is having the choir sing about how God deals with us. It is telling us about the balance of the universe.
If you show mercy, you receive mercy. If you are righteous you will seek and receive righteousness. And if you are deceitful and crooked you will be treated as such.
For they sow the wind,
and they shall reap the whirlwind.
The standing grain has no heads;
it shall yield no flour;
if it were to yield,
strangers would devour it.
Now I go back to the book of Job. I look at Job and how he questioned this balance but still kept his faith. Job asked the question why do the wicked prosper while he, a righteous man, suffered loss of property and family. Job questioned the balance and wondered why had it gone astray. Job’s friends assumed there was nothing wrong with the balance and that Job was just reaping what he must have sown but won’t admit to it.
Through all his questioning Job continued to sow righteousness even though he didn’t understand why this was happening to him. Job never cursed God or lost his faith in God. He questioned but did not commit to losing his righteousness.
In the end Job reaped what he had sown. Job’s wealth and family were restored to a greater level than before. Job stuck with his commitment to the balance of the universe by showing mercy to his friends who sat with him through his suffering and accused him of some great sin. When God was going to have these friends reap the harvest from the discord they had sown with Job, Job interceded and asked God to show mercy on his friends. God restored Job’s fortune after Job had asked for this mercy.
The harvest comes in many different ways and at many different times. It is not ours to judge if the harvest is just and meets our standards. Most of the times we do not see it because we are ignorant of it.
It is faith in this balance that keep us righteous. It is knowing that mercy begets mercy, righteousness begets righteousness and wickedness begets wickedness.
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