God’s common grace operates on the principle of sowing and reaping, and this principle works just as well in the negative as it does in the positive. If you sow negative thoughts, words and actions, you may not get the positive results you’re looking for. But if you sow positive thoughts, words and actions, you will probably see better results.
The most obvious example of seedtime and harvest is farming. The farmer plants the seed, and sure enough, a harvest will follow. Let’s add common grace to the equation. God is the one who provides the soil, the sun, the rain, and the miracle of the process. Yes, the farmer is the one who does the work, but it’s still God who is worthy of the praise because God’s common grace is what gives the farmer the ability to do the work. This is confirmed in Deuteronomy chapter 8 when God (through Moses) told the Israelites to remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives the ability to produce wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18, NIV). Your ability to produce wealth is yet another example of God’s common grace.
The reason I can’t exalt myself in pride, especially when it comes to my achievements and possessions, is because God’s common grace gives me the ability to produce wealth. The apostle Paul said it this way (in 1 Cor. 1:31), “If people want to brag, they should brag only about the Lord.”
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