the temptation to give up

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

It is perhaps my biggest temptation nowadays just to cave in to despair, and give up, and retreat into an existence I’m not familiar with, and therefore have a hard time describing. Not that we can well describe where we’re at, anyhow. I leave that to God, really. Faith oftentimes is more like an aspiration, than a sense of having arrived, even though in the midst of it all, we can have that “blessed assurance, Jesus is mine.”

In the passage quoted above, it is about those who are of the Spirit being ready to gently restore anyone who has fallen into sin. About carry each other’s burdens. About helping support those who teach the word.  About doing good to everyone, especially to the family of believers. So kind of related, relational matters, but general enough that the encouraging exhortation to not become weary in well doing can apply in any endeavor for us in Christ in this life.

For me this is almost like a life rope. There are breakthroughs which are possible, but seem as far removed from reality as night from day. I sometimes have wondered why, in my words, God makes it so hard for us in this life. Why we have to pray and pray and pray for God to move and answer. There remains some mystery in this for me, but I think the simple matter of fact is that it’s all because we’re so stubborn and settled in our own ways. And God never coerces anyone against their will to trust and obey, to commit their lives to him. And God desires relationship with us, and wants us to walk in the victory that is ours in Christ, in both how we live and what we do.

We will reap a harvest of the Spirit, if we don’t give up. I must remind myself of this, and keep after it day after day, along with others, in and through Jesus.