About seven years ago I wrote the following column. Due to its relation to Bin Ladin’s situation, I decided to publish the column again. Let us all learn from the principle of sowing and reaping.
Proverbs 22:8 – He who sows wickedness reaps trouble, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.
For the past 3 years a man known as Abu Sabaya filled the Philippines with terror. Sabaya was the recognized leader of the terrorist group Abu Sayaf. The Abu Sayaf was a radical Muslim group that had connections with Bin Laden. They were known for their kidnappings. Over the past three years, the Abu Sayaf was involved in the kidnapping of over 20 people. In most instances the kidnap victims were held for
ransom. Hence the Abu Sayaf and their leader, Abu Sabaya became wealthy through this “business”.
With this money that Abu Sabaya accumulated, he eventually ended up purchasing speed boats. He used these speed boats to kidnap more people. When people were kidnapped, Abu Sabaya would call up authorities using his satellite phone and tell them his ransom demands. Because of their wickedness Abu Sabaya and the Abu Sayaf became well known around the world. This was really true when in May of last year they kidnapped American missionaries, Martin and Gracia Burnham.
The beginning of the end for Abu Sabaya came a few weeks ago. It was at that time that the Philippine military made an attempt to rescue Martin and Gracia Burnham and one other hostage. The attempt was only partially successful. Martin Burnham and the other hostage were killed. Grace Burnham was rescued. Abu Sabaya and a few of the remaining members of Abu Sayaf managed to escape from the Philippine military during the rescue attempt. But their days were numbered. The military eventually caught up with them and a few days ago, Abu Sabaya was shot and killed. His days of sowing terror had come to an end.
Abu Sabaya sowed terror for three years. He sowed wickedness and he reaped trouble. He was effectively destroyed by the Philippine military. Actually his problems have just now begun. Now Abu Sabaya must face the judgment seat of God. He must give an account for the wickedness he committed while on earth. He will be without excuse before the judgment of an Holy God.
A man will eventually reap what he sows. Abu Sabaya seemed to think that he could escape the principle of sowing and reaping. He believed he could sow wickedness yet not reap the consequences of his actions. He had the idea that somehow he could get away. Abu Sabaya thought wrong. People cannot escape from the principle of sowing and reaping. Sooner or later it will catch up with you. Abu Sabaya lived the “good” life for a while, but his sin finally caught up with him. He sowed wickedness and he reaped destruction.
We would do well to take heed to what we sow. Let us not be deceived and think that we can sow evil and not reap the consequences of our actions. You will reap what you sow – sooner or later.
Galatians 6:7-8: Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Amen!