7For they sow the wind,
and they shall reap the whirlwind.
The standing grain has no heads;
it shall yield no flour;
if it were to yield,
strangers would devour it. – Hosea 8:7
I hear people quote this from time to time, but I don’t know that many people get the real idea. There is certainly the idea of sowing a reaping here, which is a biblical concept and a spiritual truth. Some prosperity preachers abuse this concept and try to stretch it into things it doesn’t say. You do reap what you sow, but Hosea here is talking about a judgment.
The whirlwind is catastrophic, devastating and it comes for those who have “sown the wind.” Have you ever “planted wind?” I imagine that to be about as empty as it sounds to us in English even. Our society has become good at making meaningless gestures in so many things, but the harvest of those empty gestures is bound to be judgment from God. Let us instead seek to sow the things of God through His Word and reap the harvest of the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Those are things worth reaping.