Don’t be Weary! Your Labor is Not in Vain
by Lalenunat Johnson
And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.
So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good [morally] to all people [not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers].
There are those times when it feels like the continual, ongoing, unrelenting weight and pressure of the load you are carrying seems impossible to continue to hold. It makes you think, “How much longer can I carry this? I just don’t know! I can’t do this,” or even “That’s too big for me. I cannot move forward with one more thing! God help me!”
You know, this year of 2020 has brought about many surprises and changes from what was once our norm. Our way of life, regular practices, and just the way we exist have changed dramatically. Many parents are now schooling their children from home, and people who once worked exclusively in their company’s office are now working from home – even school teachers! Churches have closed or come under great scrutiny for any attempts at remaining open to minister and to serve. All of these things, along with the everyday pressures of our current responsibilities can just feel like too much to bear.
“How can I continue to balance all of this? How can I do my job, take care of my family, teach my children myself, minister to others, do this, do that, and still have time to sleep? I’m very tired!”
That’s when we have to fall back on what God has said and what He has promised. When we have a clear and concise word and direction from the Lord, that should give us the confidence to move forward as we trust His plan. Don’t be weary in well-doing. We will see a harvest if we continue – Do Not Faint!
When God makes a promise, does He not fulfill it? “God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
Numbers 23:19 (NKJV)
Let’s look at that in the Message translation. “God is not man, one given to lies, and not a son of man changing his mind. Does he speak and not do what he says? Does he promise and not come through?” Numbers 23:19 (MSG)
We have to be like God and keep our word. And when I say this to you, I say it to myself first. “Keep your word! Don’t quit! Don’t give up on your marriage. Don’t stop praying for that loved one. Keep sharing what you have. Keep loving on your family. Continue taking care of those that you have been helping knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. Hang in there so that you can finish strong – when the time comes!”
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 15:58 (NKJV)
Have you found yourself getting weary along the way?
What promises are you trusting God for?
What is a scripture verse you use to give you strength? Share that below.
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