As I write this blog, it’s a cold, dark Monday morning in my office. Earlier around 4:15 a.m. while in prayer, I was feeling heavy and somewhat discouraged. (Yes, it happens even to pastors!) The Holy Spirit dropped Galatians 6:9 into my heart which immediately revived my spirit with a quiet confidence. The Spirit spoke “Don’t be weary in well doing. There is a reaping coming for your church and you must not faint.”
This is God’s much needed word to His Body in Canada for today! “Don’t be weary in well doing, people of God!” Thank goodness the verse doesn’t just say “Don’t be weary!” If that were the case, nothing would get done in the Kingdom of God. Weariness is probably a good indication that you’re actually doing something for the Lord in your home, your church, the marketplace and your city. Some of us, in fact, go through periods of physical exhaustion as a result of our constant labours of love to one another. But the scripture goes on to say “Don’t be weary…in well-doing” with the added assurance of reaping a reward if we refuse to give up, tired or not! How do we keep going when we feel so weak, depleted of energy and low on faith? Isaiah 40:31 gives us the answer! “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.”
There is a supernatural replenishing of strength for those who pray and persevere in well doing during the hard times. The 27th Psalm was penned by David at a time of great distress brought on by the betrayal of a friend which led to many years of anguish in the harsh wilderness where David was, perhaps unknowingly, being divinely prepared and positioned for the throne. This psalm has helped me to endure in my times of heavy trial, for it is a triumphant expression of resilient hope and unwavering expectation in the midst of many adversities. David declares in verse 13, “I would have fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”
What kept this desperate man from losing hope and surrendering his God-ordained destiny as Israel’s next king at a time of his life when many had turned against him, including his own flesh and blood—when even God Himself seemed far away? It was nothing other than his resolute belief that he would actually see the fulfillment of Heaven’s promise of blessing in his lifetime, no matter how impossible things appeared to his own human reasoning. Simply put, David refused to give up on the promise! Sometimes, giving up is the easy way out, because you’re tired of waiting for things to change! When you feel like you’re coming to that point in your life, there are three things you must do! Pray, pray and pray! That’s why Jesus stressed that we are to always pray and not to faint, because the temptation to quit is the strongest just when the answer is right at hand! Prayer is the surest remedy for an overburdened spirit that is on the verge of fainting. Press on in 2020 in well doing and watch God’s unfailing promise of reaping come to pass in your life here and now, for the effectual, fervent prayers of God’s righteous people still avail much!