This scripture has been on repeat in my heart and head for this past month. And I’m wondering as I sit here at my keypad how I’m going to get out what’s in my heart to this blog post! I will try my best. 🙂
We all go through seasons, they are unavoidable. Just as spring, summer, fall, and winter come and go, so do “seasons” and moments in our own lives. And it doesn’t matter if we are in what we would consider a good or bad season, they just happen. Sometimes it’s a season of crazy joy and happiness caused by certain experiences or situations that come. Other times it a season of pain, sorrow, or mourning. There are seasons of action, direction, and clarity about where we are headed…and then there are those wonderful seasons of waiting, and waiting, and waiting, and hoping, trying to be still, but anxious and tired.
We would be irrational to think that we won’t walk through any of these multiple times in our lifespan. So why do we get so down trodden and out of sorts when we face one of these seasons that is unexplained and uncomfortable for us? Hey, I’m no stranger to these feelings, as we are in an awkward season right now ourselves! And as easy as it is to feel down and out and full of wonder about what’s going on or what’s next, it’s just as easy for me to start to feel guilty about having these feelings. I’m learning that it’s totally normal to feel things, and to struggle with uncertainty, and direction, and timing. The key is that in the middle of these moments that we “don’t lose heart”.
Galations 6:9 “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap IF we do not lose heart.”
Our heart for God and the reason we even do good will persevere long after our bodies tire out or our minds try to come up with reasons why we should quit. Our hearts know that there’s nothing to go back to, for we were made a new creation in Christ, born for good works. Not that our good works save us, but they are a result of a heart that loves Jesus.
Now I could go on longer than you’d like to read about this, so I’m gonna break this down real quick into 2 points I feel are important:
1) If you back up to verse 7, it says “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” We can rest assured that if we are sowing things of the Spirit, that is what we will reap….but we will reap it “in due season”, and only “if we do not lose heart”. So we can’t expect to sow ungodliness, and reap a wonderful harvest of peace and satisfaction…that’s contrary to His Word altogether. But we can have hope if we are sowing to the Spirit! Then we can rest and trust in what is coming, whether it’s next week, next year, 10 years from now, or in our last days…it will be worth it, because all God’s promises are yes and amen! And not to rain on anyone’s parade here, but the scripture above doesn’t even promise it in this lifetime…it says that we will “reap eternal life”. We deserve nothing else in this life, but eternal life is the gift! And very much worth all the sowing I can muster up! That’s not to say God doesn’t bless us here, He most definitely does. But we often need to be reminded that we are owed nothing, and we need to let God weed out the entitlement that makes us demand comfort and happiness here on earth. The eternal life that God offers is what gives us genuine hope and joy that allows us to endure and remain faithful even in the toughest of life’s circumstances.
2) Don’t forget the key…“if we do not lose heart.” Now I don’t have some secret method to tell you of how to not lose heart. But I do know this, that we have a gift to be treasured in this Word of God, our Bibles, a hopeful place to run when we are feeling discouraged, or maybe feel that we may be losing heart a little bit. This blog would be a mile long if I listed all the scriptures in the bible that speak of trusting God, and having hope, and obtaining joy, and being thankful, and pressing onward…it’s chocked full of help for our weary souls. I will share this one:
Romans 15:13 “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Amen to that! Praise God!
I encourage you, not to just try to put on your daily “happy face”, but to find real joy and love and hope in serving such a great God! When you love and serve His people you will find no greater joy and peace. The “happy face” will come when joy is lasting in your heart through any circumstance you may and will face. Remember Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
I hope you have a great week!