We reap what we sow.

This is such a well know statement that it is recognized and used to apply to life in general There are consequences. Some last a long time. Some, for the remainder of our lives.

This is true of individuals and nations.

That which we are seeing at the time of this writing is just the beginning of worldwide threats and troubles.

The history of worldwide conflicts have, down through history, seemed to follow a pattern that begins rather incidental, then begin to escalate in their intensity. Jeremiah predicted this pattern long ago, and it seems to be common throughout history.

As this writer has expressed before, there seems to be a stair step pattern that has escalated worldwide ever since the flood of Noah, progressed to the tower of Babel, and has continued into our world today.

"News of one [terrible] disaster comes close after another..." - Jeremiah 4:20

"And when ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows." - Matthew 24:6

It seems that sorrows worldwide are impressed upon our minds and hearts daily. Reaping what is sown is universal. In our Christian lives we reap what we sow...even after God forgives us. There are always consequences. For nations and for individuals. All reap what they sow. Eventually.

But consequences in our lives, even the unpleasant ones, are designed to fit us for things to come, for our good and our growth. Even the Godly Apostle Paul struggled with the events in his life that were not sin, but yet he had to experience and endure the unpleasant ones. He was "hindered" by Satan from what he knew was God's will. He had many very difficult trials. But, he realized something about them that is often very difficult to rationalized and deal with when they occur.

As our world grows more and more complicated and fearful, trials are part of God's clothing, made to fit each of us for every fear-filled event, and every occasion so that we may be clothed for living eternally. Our fears and trials are making us more than we ever could dream we could be. Our trials eventually make us more than we are, if endured humbly and faithfully.

The consequences of living in a dangerous world, when faithfully endured, will make us more than we are, or ever hoped to be. In our struggle against sin, our trials will make us more than we are in Jesus sight.

Consider it all joy in your lack of joyfulness now. Your joy is coming.

More than you can imagine.

In the meantime, consider the question expressed in an old gospel hymn. Your salvation, and that of a nation, may depend on how many do so:

"How long has it been, since you talked with the Lord, and told Him your heart's hidden secrets"?

"They who sow in tears shall reap with joyful singing." - Psalm 126:5