A good farmer knows that when he plants seeds, he can’t expect a harvest the next day. There are elements beyond his control – like rain, drought, hail, wind and flood. Despite any circumstances, he must not give up in his work trusting that the Lord will provide.
The Bible tells us, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)
Busy Christians will often become tired in doing works for the Lord, but they ought not become weary. To be tired describes a physical condition, but to be weary describes a spiritual attitude. To be weary means to give up the fight, to retreat in battle – sometimes leaving a field before it is planted with the Word of God.
When we sow God’s Word in people’s hearts there is usually a time between sowing and reaping. For some, the time is short. For others, it could be years. In either case, we trust the Lord will cause faith to grow in its proper time. Meanwhile, we do not give up or lose hope, but continue doing the good work of praying for lost souls and sharing Christ with those whom the Lord has placed in our lives.
Our prayer can be, “Lord, You know how easy it is for me to grow weary in praying for others or become impatient waiting for opportunities to share Your love – and when they do come, I too often feel like I’ve blown it or want results NOW. Lord, give me a heart that stays connected with Your strength and patience. Help me to trust in Your good timing, knowing that it’s not up to me, but You. Help me to persevere! Amen.”