KJV Galatians 6 : 9-10
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith."
The straight way is difficult, and sometimes you just want to spend a day on the broad way so that you can "rest". But that rest is false. It is like a vivid nightmare while you sleep. Yes, technically you rested...but you don't feel rejuvenated. You are not excited to face the day ahead of you, and a million voices will call you back so that you may "rest" some more. And you must fight to get back onto the straight way, more weary than when your veered off in the first place.
Well doing is wearisome. Doing good to all men...even and especially the brethren....can be tiresome. It can add work, responsibility, and stress to an already hectic life. At first, we don't mind too much, because we figure it won't last for long. But if we are faced with a long opportunity for well doing, we start to tire. And then we start to make excuses for why we shouldn't help someone anymore, or maybe we even blame them for needing help. But this verse cautions us against this downward spiral. It admonishes us to not be weary...because in DUE season..we...shall...reap (good things is implied) IF...IF...IF we faint not.
Fainting is a dastardly temptation. Fainting not does not mean that you won't get tired....you will. It doesn't mean that you won't get discouraged...you might. It doesn't mean that you won't get frustrated...you can just about count on that. Fainting not means doing what is right in the face of all the frustration, discouragement, and weariness. Fainting not means...in the words of Sir Winston Churchill....."never give in, never give in, never, never, never- in nothing. great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." (From a speech to Harrow School on October 29,1941)
Yielding is the easy path. Giving up takes little effort. But the consequences of that can be devastating.
Continuing on can be exhausting. Holding fast can be excruciatingly difficult. But the consequences can be amazingly full of blessings.
The world will tell you that you have done your part, that no one could reasonably expect you to continue on, that you deserve a break. God's word says to not be weary, to not faint, to fight the good fight. Earlier in this chapter of Galatians is this statement.."Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
So...do we continue in well doing...or do we take a day off. I guess it comes down to who we believe more...God or man.
Don't be weary friend. Don't faint. Due season is coming. It's coming.