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10 September 2021

Proverbs 22:8

Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity,
    and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.

We reap what we sow. The employer who sows injustice among his employees will reap poor performance. The seller who sows injustice among his customers will reap business failure. The parent who sows injustice within the family will see his children turn rebellious. The employer may threaten to fire, the seller may act offended, and the parent may yell but their rod of fury will lose its force. A person will endure injustice only so long. Either he will retaliate or he will leave.

Are you sowing injustice? As a Christian you may actually have more difficulty seeing what you are doing. We are quick to admit when we lose our temper or overreact or some other sin that we explain as a momentary relapse. What is more difficult to see (and to admit) is a pattern of sowing injustice in our relationships. We then are surprised to learn that a spouse or a child or a friend or a colleague has harbored resentment against us.

Perhaps it is time to do reality check. Pay attention to others and how they respond to you. Ask if there is something you need to examine and do not get defensive if they do have something to say. You don’t want to find out years later what you are reaping.

 

Psalm 60

You have rejected us, God, and burst upon us;
    you have been angry—now restore us!
You have shaken the land and torn it open;
    mend its fractures, for it is quaking.
You have shown your people desperate times;
    you have given us wine that makes us stagger.
But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner
    to be unfurled against the bow.[e]

Save us and help us with your right hand,
    that those you love may be delivered.
God has spoken from his sanctuary:
    “In triumph I will parcel out Shechem
    and measure off the Valley of Sukkoth.
Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine;
    Ephraim is my helmet,
    Judah is my scepter.
Moab is my washbasin,
    on Edom I toss my sandal;
    over Philistia I shout in triumph.”

Who will bring me to the fortified city?
    Who will lead me to Edom?
10 Is it not you, God, you who have now rejected us
    and no longer go out with our armies?
11 Give us aid against the enemy,
    for human help is worthless.
12 With God we will gain the victory,
    and he will trample down our enemies.