July 13: Some Call it Karma

July 13: Some Call it Karma

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Chris Rowekamp

“The nations have sunk in the pit that they made;
in the net that they hid, their own foot has been caught.
The Lord has made himself known; he has executed judgment;
the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands.”
—Psalm 9:15-16 ESV


Some call it karma. Others call it the law of sowing and reaping.

Regardless of what name you give it, it is a principle found throughout Scripture*, and here we see it clearly at work: the nations have fallen into the pit they dug and have become trapped in the net that they hid to catch others.

Here we are confronted with a great truth: sometimes God’s most severe judgment can simply be to leave people to their own devices.

Because, sooner or later, they will reap what they have been sowing and be “snared in the work of their own hands.”

On the one hand, this should bring us hope: the wicked will not always prosper, and justice will be done.

On the other hand, it should make us think deeply about the seeds we are sowing.

Because eventually, those seeds will grow.

Here is a short thought to help you invite God into every moment of your day:

Inhale: God,
Exhale: Help me sow well.

*When I refer to “karma” in this context, I am speaking of the popular use of the word, which is essentially the idea that you sow what you reap. I am not speaking of the Buddhist/Hindu belief related to actions taken in previous lives.

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