Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Tired of doing good...

I've always loved this verse:

Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.


But what happens when we do?

What do we do on those days when we're tired of being good, tired of doing the right thing, tired of hoping? Tired of keeping the faith, tired of not giving up?

What about those days when we don't see the light at the end of the tunnel and we're exhausted from groping blindly in the darkness? What about those days when we feel forgotten and like our struggle is in vain?

Where do we go when we lose the ability or the urge to keep fighting?
When we just want to give in. Give up. Be like everyone else because it's easier. Or think like everyone else because what's the point anyway?

There's only two choices of where to go.

Either back to the source - or into the pit.

If we chose the source, then I mean, of course, the source of our light, our hope, our faith. The source of our heart.

Jesus.

If we really do give up, give in and quit, we go into a pit.

And we just thought we had problems before!

As lonely as "doing good" can feel at times, trust me, the pit is lonelier. The pit is consuming and unforgiving and heart-stealing. There is no life there.

But Jesus came to give us life abundantly. Which means He wants a pit-free life for us.

What will you choose when you are weary?

I think the problem that tempts us away from doing good is we don't see results. We want that harvest now, yet most of the time, God calls us to wait. Our microwave generation wants it all right away. We live in a "yesterday is too late" type of mentality and it's so damaging.

This verse really digs into the root of that issue in our hearts.

Whose timetable do you ultimately trust the most? Yours or God's? Will you keep doing good even when you don't see results right away?

The key factor here in this verse is "at the proper time".

Hard to swallow, but truth usually is. Because truth isn't always what we want to hear. In fact, truth is usually exactly what we do NOT want to hear :)

But it's still true. And another truth is that God's way and timing is better than ours. Ours is, in fact, usually wrong.

Tired of doing good? It's okay. I think this verse is here to let us know this is normal. This is all right, this is even expected. It's okay to be tired.

But it's not okay to give up.

Step away from the pit of defeat. Give up on the microwave answer. And trust God's timing.

I'm going to try. Will you?

3 comments:

NoFaIrYtAlE said...

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Bella said...

I love this post :) I know what your talking about i have been in the pit and it is not fun. I have been slowly but surely trying to get back to the source and I thank you for inspiring me to keep fighting until i get back to him. where i want/need to be.

God Bless

~Alisa

A voice crying to Jesus said...

This is an awesome blog! I love the theology that you have!
Thank you very much!