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Topic: YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW (05/02/19)
- TITLE: When Karma Doesn't Work
By Eric Nichols
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In so many areas of life we hope not to receive what we pay for, intentionally or unintentionally...and we hope that other people DO.
Even pagans have an understanding of sowing and reaping...usually expressed in the term Karma. However, as always, the enemy co-opts perfectly valid Biblical concepts for his own twisted purposes.
The worldly concept of Karma is fairly mechanical; there is a direct cause and effect connection between what you do and what gets done to you. Occasionally, we see something terrible happen to a really bad person, and we rejoice and celebrate. Don't you get all holy on us now...you've done this...and so have I. We know that God doesn't rejoice in the destruction of the wicked, but WE certainly do. We aren't supposed to, but we do. Seeing Karma function as expected does give us a certain security in the fact that the Universe really is fair, and ruled by law and order.
The problem is...in God's economy, cause and effect aren't as simply connected...in either time or space. Old Testament writers, as diverse as Job and King David lamented the fact that evil people seemed to go unpunished forever. Psalm 2:1 is just one of many similar complaints: "Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?"
There's no question that we live in a world of raging heathens, and they've been raging a long time. Where is a good dose of Karma when you need it?
In order to understand this, we need to know that God’s purpose in everything is redemption. Redemption takes time, and God has lots of it to work with. And he never overrules Man’s free will, for good or evil.
What are we to make of it, then, when we see that a man doesn’t reap what he sows? Does this make God a liar? We know that sowing and reaping is a law. And God’s laws always work.
Revisiting my cynical friend’s comment at the beginning, it’s a good thing we don’t get all the judgment we’ve paid for. We’ve all paid for God’s judgment with sin. We should be eternally grateful…and indeed we will be…when we realize that we have not reaped all that we’ve sown. Of course, if we’ve sown some good things, we trust we will reap a good harvest…eventually. We may not see it in this life. But sometimes we do.
So, has God bent the rules for us, so that we don’t have to experience all the results of sowing and reaping? Not at all. When Jesus died on the Cross, he paid the Reaper in full, on our behalf. The accounts were balanced; absolute Universal law and order was maintained. Karma was evaded. We can rejoice in the fact that there will be a final judgment, and it will be absolutely fair and just.
Speaking of the Reaper…he isn’t as grim as he’s been made out to be…at least for us Believers. Psalm 116: 15 tells us, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” That doesn’t sound too grim, does it?
God’s ultimate plan for Mankind is redemption, and His desire and joy is to reap as many souls into the Kingdom as possible. And this may include some raging heathens.
Psalm 2:8 says, “Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.” When I first read this, I wondered, “Who wants to inherit a heathen?” Well, evidently, God does. And in so doing, it seems that Karma doesn’t work as expected.
And that’s a good thing for all of us.
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