Scripture Reading

Proverbs 11:18 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.

Insight on the Word

The Bible records many who worked deceitfully, but there is also a record of many who sowed righteousness. Men such as Noah who obeyed God to prepare an ark to save his family (Hebrews 11:7). Abraham who waited patiently for a child (Hebrews 6:15). Then there was Joseph who was sold into slavery yet did not seek ill will toward his brothers for this evil deed (Genesis 37-41). Simeon who waited to see the birth of the Son of God (Luke 2:25-32). And who could forget Paul who spent his life in the spread of the Gospel (2 Timothy 4:7-8). It is sure that all of these received their reward. Paul himself said: “there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:8) One thing is sure, God rewards those who walk in righteousness. The Psalmist said: “there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.” (Psalm 58:11) Remember a reward follows an act of righteousness.

Sowing righteousness can be giving to the poor (Proverbs 19:17), or as little as giving a cup of cold water (Matthew 10:41-42). Sowing has the idea of planting something into someone else’s life. This day is filled with opportunity. Opportunity to plant something good into someone’s life. Who will you meet today? Who will have a need that you can fill? Will you be obedient to share God’s blessings with others? Will you sow and plant into peoples lives even though they themselves may never be able to help you in return? Don’t worry, your good deeds will not go unrewarded, for God Himself promises that “to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.”

Speak the Word — I plant good things into the lives of others! (Proverbs 11:18)

Daily Bible Reading — Leviticus 1 – 4