Have you gotten weary in doing good? Have you ever found yourself exhausted doing the things you believe God has asked you to do with no results or relief in sight? I know I have! I get up extra early to meet my needs and spend time with the Lord before the day begins. There are often long days at work (very thankful for the opportunity) with ever-changing requirements and priorities. Afterwards I come come and try to meet the needs of my family, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual. Then I try to make contact with ministry partners and potential partners in the evening in order to make further progress on our journey to God’s calling in France. By the end of the day I’m pretty tired and spent!
I was reading through Galatians last week and was encouraged by the words in Gal. 6:9-10, “Let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” We are also encouraged earlier in the chapter to carry each other’s burdens and to do good to all. God’s promise is that we will reap a good harvest. The questions run through my mind: “When? How? Who?” When will the harvest come? When will our prayers be answered? In God’s proper time.
What’s the condition of God granting us a harvest and fruit for all our labor? If we do not give up. In those times when we feel like giving up it seems like there is a struggle in our flesh between believing either (1) I’m not good enough to receive the harvest of God’s blessing, or (2)God’s not good enough to grant the harvest. Both of these lies are blatantly false, just like the original lie to humans, “Did God really say…?”
Therefore, I come to the conclusion that I must not give up but press on towards the goal of my upward calling in Christ Jesus and not give up because God is faithful and will complete the good work He started in me! (see also Phil. 1:6, 3:12-14)