Why do we get weary when we serve the Lord? As I learn to serve God and others, I’ve discovered how easy it is to get weary.
“Let us not become 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.” (Galatians 6:9-10)
It is easy to get exhausted when you don’t see anything sprout from your “doing good.” I know the feeling of failure. When there isn’t any feedback from a post I’ve written, I start to view that post as a failure. The temptation to quit hangs over me like a lingering headache.
Paul’s work with the legalists in Galatians had not yet been rewarded, so he needed to remember not to lose heart. The ancient phrase lose heart describes a time when the work is hard and painful but also unfinished and unrewarded; like a woman in labor before delivery. (Enduring Word Commentary)
Paul was reminding himself not to lose heart as much as he was the Galatians. The same goes for me, I chose this topic because I knew I needed encouragement.
“If you are genuinely “doing good,” on God’s terms — serving others, not self — and you are discouraged by the result, or the opposition, take this promise to heart: you will reap in due season.” (Desiring God)
I’ve learned that God doesn’t view a post as a failure just because it doesn’t have any comments or feedback. God sees what we do for Him as small steps of obedience.
Every way we humbly serve, doesn’t go unnoticed by our maker.
Instead of trying to press through this weariness, l am surrendering. I am turning to God, leaning on His promises, and trusting in His timing. I encourage you to join me to come to the one who gives us rest.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
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