Thriving Through Perseverance

October 14, 2022

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” Galatians 6:9. Persevering in doing good can make us weary. The dictionary defines good as a quality required for a certain job, possessing a moral virtue, and giving pleasure. We grow weary of doing good in our work; we grow weary of doing good raising a family; we grow weary of doing good in being a caregiver; we grow weary of doing good as a Christian. As Christians, the influence of politics, society and the economy challenge our perseverance in doing what is good and right. 1 Corinthians 15:58 encourages us these words: “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain”. In the Bible, we are given numerous examples of God’s people growing weary of doing good yet reaping the rewards because of persevering in that good: The book of Job is a good place to begin. Job, a wealthy man, lost his animals, his crops and his family to disease and famine. The only thing he did not lose, was his life, because God told Satan he could not take Job’s life. In all of this, Job persevered in his relationship with God. The prophet Jeremiah, in chapters 37 and 38, persevered in preaching and teaching the Gospel to a rebellious nation in spite of threats, imprisonment and being exiled into Egypt. In 2 Corinthians 11:23-33 we read how the apostle Paul was beaten, flogged, shipwrecked, imprisoned, and threatened wherever he went. Despite physical pain, Paul persevered in his faith. Luke 18:1- 8 tells us the story of the persistent widow, who pursued the Judge to right the wrong done against her until he gave in and brought justice. Like the widow, we need to be continually persevering in bringing acts of injustice to the Lord. People of God, keep on thriving in doing good for the Lord. When you are weary and tired, pray for perseverance. Remember you will reap a reward! God’s blessings as you persevere in doing good! Chaplain Val