And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
Every seed that is sown will reap a harvest – the timing of the harvest coming to fruition varies. What we all need to truly understand is that the seeds that we plant today will reap a harvest.
The question really is, what kind of harvest are we after? As a nation, it is clear; we are tired of reaping hate, violence, and racism. The reason we are reaping these harvests is because the seeds of racism were planted long ago.
As a generation and as a people, we can choose to plant a different kind of seed today and for years to come. This verse is outlining that in order to reap a harvest of righteousness, the seed that needs to be sown will have to be a seed of peace, but only can that seed have been planted by someone who makes peace.
So let’s dissect this a little further so we can apply this to our day. We all want to reap righteousness. Why? Well, because righteousness means to be in right standing with God. And trust me, we all want that. It’s what we crave on a daily basis. Our souls want to be connected to our creator. Being in right standing with God means we will experience the best this life has to offer. Full of love for one another. Free of hate and fear.
But what this verse is telling us is that we first need to be full of peace so that we can sow peace. In order to first fully embody peace, we need to understand what it means to be a peaceful person. You see, peace is not weakness. It should never be misinterpreted. To embody peace, we need to be in harmony. Harmony with those around us and harmony with God’s will over our life.
When we learn to live in harmony with ALL of our brothers and sisters as a generation, we will start to plant seeds of peace. Who knows, maybe in a year or two, or in a generation or two, the harvest will be a righteous generation, unified and exemplifying love to all of God’s people. That is the kind of world I pray we get to live in.
Lord, thank you for fighting injustice. Thank you for giving us the words. Thank you for allowing us to take a stand against evil. We come to you today praying for the words to say, praying for the steps to take. We want to see change. We want to reap love; we want to reap peace; we want to reap unity. We understand the only way to reap a fruitful harvest is to plant seeds of peace today. I pray we all do so; I pray we as a generation start putting love in the ground so that our kids can reap a better world. We need you today and every day. In your mighty name, we pray, Amen!