I can relate to the frustration this man must be feeling. I can guess at the pressure he is feeling to meet a deadline. Perhaps he is irritated at a failed communication or the lack of any response at all. I wonder if he feels that his work will never produce the desired effect. In any case, this image suggests a discouragement and weariness we all sometimes feel.
Today’s verse lets us know that though we do not see an immediate result to our good works, there will be a future time when we will see the fruit of our labor. The “proper time” for seeing results may not be the present. But eventually, God brings about results. The harvest we reap is in His timing and control. Our part is to keep on keeping on, regardless of the results.
It is easy for me to feel weary and wonder if God is really using me. I do not want to give up serving Him, but it can be discouraging to wonder if I am making a difference. Is He hearing my prayers for my loved ones? Is He using my story to draw others to Himself? God’s work of changing hearts is often initially unseen. But the promise of reaping a harvest is only for those who do not give up! I have to trust that His Word does not return void but accomplishes what He intends (Isaiah 55:11). Yes, there are moments of weariness, but in His grace He gives strength and motivation to continue!
Help me Lord, to never give up serving You!
(Look familiar? This is a re-post due to summer ministry schedule.)