Weary Well-Doers

 

wearyGalatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (KJV)

Do you ever find yourself drained, exhausted and worn-out while doing the will of God rather than revived, filled and satisfied? Do you ever, like me, get weary?

I had just been thinking about how doing God’s will—no matter how mundane or how spectacular the task—invigorates and fulfills. Yet suddenly I found myself tired. It was a tiredness that encompassed more than just physical fatigue. Something was sabotaging my spiritual strength…

Weariness most often occurs when I go beyond what God has assigned for me to do. I don’t see the fruit, or the results I was expecting, and conclude I need to do more. Rather than obedience to God’s will, guilt (and sometimes pride) motivates me. I’m tempted to take matters in my own hands. To finish the job God started rather than engaging in the much harder work of waiting on him.

Waiting. Probably one of the most commonly quoted scriptures when it comes to being weary is connected to waiting.  Isaiah 40:31…“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” According to this, those who wait on God will neither grow weary nor faint. Why? Because they refuse to run ahead of him.  They choose to stay within the borders of his will and not stretch beyond it.

So don’t get ahead of God. (You can’t even if you want to anyway). Resist those futile attempts to fix the circumstances. As Ellen Vaughn writes in her book, Come, Sit, Stay, “When we’re trying to live the Christian life in our own strength, for our own self-validation, we will always be weary.”

Be content in the part of God’s work he has called you to do and let him complete it. Then, in due time…You will receive a harvest if you don’t give up….

 

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