Tired of Doing Good?
By Larnelle Sinegal
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 NIV)
I have often asked why Paul felt the need to encourage readers not to get tired of doing good. After all, as a Christian, isn’t doing the “good thing” what we all aspire to do? Isn’t it our automatic and primary reaction in life? Don’t we get rewarded for our good with good? Even from childhood, it was instilled in us that when you do good, good things happen. So, why would anyone get tired of doing good if the “immediate and automatic” result of doing good is a good reward?
Now I’m no theologian or bible scholar, yet I like to think that I may have a fraction of a clue why Paul felt the need to take the time out to encourage us not to get tired of doing something that should be automatic.
I believe that when Paul wrote those words he knew that at some point in our lives we would all ask the question, “What’s the point in doing good when nothing good ever seems to come from it?”
I believe that through the revelation given to Paul by the Holy Spirit, he knew. He knew that although we faithfully put God first in our finances, we would still at times struggle with debt and bills. He knew that although we spend time every day in prayer and reading God’s Word, we would still at times struggle with our flesh and temptation. He knew that although we did our best to walk in love, we would at times still get our hearts broken. He knew that although we would treat others with kindness, people would still take advantage of us. He knew that even though we would do our best to walk in the ways of Christ, we at times would still face trials and hardships.
Paul understood what it felt like to constantly strive to do good only to see more disappointment, heartache, and pain. He knew that we would battle with the thought of giving up because we just don’t see the “good” results from our efforts. Knowing that at some point in our life we would be entangled with this very struggle, Paul encourages us not to grow weary in doing good. Paul knew we would struggle but was confident in God’s faithfulness.
I encourage you today not to grow weary in well doing. I know it may not always seem that our efforts result in anything good, but I encourage you to embrace the truth that God is faithful to His Word and although the harvest may not be immediate, we will still reap what we have sown in the proper time.