So what exactly does it mean when Paul says in vs.7 that God is not mocked? Paul goes on to explain it in that verse and the following verses. It comes down to the fact that you sow what you reap. Now that is an interesting statement in light of Matthew 5:45 where Jesus states that the rain falls on the just and the unjust. I just started over these past few months something that I have never done before. I have started to measure how much rain has fallen in my yard with a rain gauge. Every time it rains there are three of us that text each other to say how much we have received in rain. One person lives 2 miles away and another lives about 4. I am amazed at the disparity of rainfall in these three places. One time I received about a quarter of an inch and another person in the group received an inch and a half.
So when it states that we sow what we reap, does that take rainfall into account? I mean what if I sow the same as my friends but they get more rain, they will probably get a better crop, and I did nothing wrong or different. Paul’s point is a different one. He is encouraging a community that is walking away from the faith to stay the course. As he states in vs.9 “do not be weary in doing what is right.” He goes on and tells us not to give up.
I love the way that he ends out the chapter and the book of Galatians. If you look at vs.17 he states: “Let no one make trouble for me.” For some reason I get the image of Arnold pointing at me as he makes that statement.