“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” – Galatians 6:7
Translation? Don’t let the devil bluff you into thinking that God will not or can not defend Himself. Though it’s true that God is merciful, patient, and slow to anger, be not deceived, He will not be mocked. People can push God too far.
The bible warns us not to “provoke” God to anger. There are several things listed in scripture that clearly provoke God to wrath, harming the innocent in any form (2 Kings 17:17), trusting more in the works and abilities of your own hands then in Him (Jeremiah 25:6-7), trusting in the power of other spirits rather then God’s power (2 Conicals 33:6), serving idols of stone or flesh while claiming to be His (Jeremiah 8:19), rebellion to His will and plan in favor of your own (Deuteronomy 9:7-8), and discouraging, forbidding, or causing God’s children to loose faith and not walk in the plans, purity, power, giftings, authority, mandates, and callings that God Himself has given them, to name a few.
“For when they went up unto the valley of Eshcol, and saw the land, they discouraged the heart of the children of Israel, that they should not go into the land which the Lord had given them. And the Lord’s anger was kindled the same time, and he sware, saying, Surely none of the men that came up out of Egypt, from twenty years old and upward, shall see the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob; because they have not wholly followed me: Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite, and Joshua the son of Nun: for they have wholly followed the Lord. And the Lord’s anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation, that had done evil in the sight of the Lord, was consumed.” – Numbers 32:9-13
In summery God is angered when we mess up His plans for our own. Be it through idolatry, self-idolatry, rebellion, selfishness, fear, unbelief, or pride, it mocks God’s deity and provokes Him to action. Yet even in His anger there is mercy in that His wrath works humility back into us unto repentance.
“Without me they shall bow down under the prisoners, and they shall fall under the slain. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.” – Isaiah 10:4
The fact of the matter is that we all reap what we sow. Sooner or later everyman is rewarded according to His works (or deeds). Be it unto glory or unto wrath, we all reap what we sow that God’s words, majesty, and deity not be mocked and every man be humbled under the mighty hand of God.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” – Galatians 6:7-9