Our Bible verse for today: “Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a person sows he will also reap.” Galatians 6:7 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Sooner or later the truth will come out.”
The Biblical principle of sowing and reaping teaches that sooner or later your actions will produce consequences in your life. Good or bad, it all comes back on you sooner or later. The Hindus call it “karma”, but it is an observable and provable truth that sooner or later you reap what you sow.
This pertains especially to honesty and truthfulness. If you’ve paid attention to the news in recent months then you know that the former Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort, is about to be sentenced to what will probably be a long prison term. He has been convicted of money laundering and tax evasion. Over several decades hundreds of millions of dollars have passed through Manafort’s hands.
Much of what Manafort earned was through legitimate business enterprises. However he lived such an extravagant and excessively luxurious lifestyle that his legal income wasn’t enough to cover his personal expenses. So he engaged in illegal activity too. He accepted money from corrupt government officials and seedy international businessmen. Then he funneled it through an intricate web of offshore shell companies, and eventually into his private bank accounts – thereby evading millions of dollars in taxes that he was legally required to pay. As a result, the American taxpayers were essentially underwriting his decades of luxurious living and conspicuous consumption.
The interesting thing is that many of those crimes were years, even decades old, and had nothing to do with his more recent work for the President. But an investigation into questionable campaign activities uncovered those crimes committed years ago – and it is for those crimes that he will be going to prison, proving once again that you reap what you sow and sooner or later the truth is revealed.
This is an age-old story. One man, in the process of convincing his wife that he had not cheated on her recently, accidently revealed that he had cheated on her multiple times in the past. Another man, applying for a security clearance for a government job, was discovered to have had an outstanding twenty year old arrest warrant for sexual assault. Examples of this are endless.
The answer is to live Biblically now, and tomorrow, and on into the future. Live in such a way now that there won’t be anything to worry about twenty years from now, because sooner or later, the truth will come out.