2 + 2 = 5

21 11 2011

There is an old saying that states that most of our prayers involve asking God to make two plus two equal five. There is a lot of truth in that.

God certainly has the power to work outside of the laws of nature, the realities of our physical world, and the consequences of our decisions. He often does – the sick are healed and doctors can’t explain it, safety is miraculously granted, provision arrives unannounced, and hearts are touched in ways we couldn’t imagine if we tried.

There is, however, a deep truth that God has been writing on my heart. “Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7). In mathematical terms, this verse says that, most of the time, two plus two is going to equal four.

This verse doesn’t showcase a harsh reality, but rather highlights a faithful promise. The fruit of our lives is a marker that shows where we chose to invest our hearts, energy, love, focus, time, and priorities. Whatever I am reaping today is in large part the product of what I have sown by my choices and places of surrender or stubbornness.

I may look at a piece of my life today and be discouraged by what I see. It speaks to the reality of my past decisions and submission. But don’t underestimate the good news contained in this verse. If you want to reap something different, start sowing different things.

My Jesus Resolution today is to apply the sow/reap principle. I get to choose today the kind of person I want to be tomorrow. The choices I make today will affect the harvest I see in the future. I can pull out the weeds, ask Him to break up the hard places, and start fresh. I want Him to plant grace, kindness, holiness, joy, and obedience deep into the soil of my heart. I know that I want to look like Jesus, so today, I am going to sow Jesus into everything I do.


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