How can we not get discouraged?
When we deal with overwhelming tasks and challenges and the brokenness, opposition and evil in the world around us?
How can we not faint or give up but keep doing good to everyone, even those who are difficult?
Paul experienced this dilemma first hand dealing with false teachers,who were attempting to substitute the grace offered by the Good News of Jesus Christ with work. And those he had faithfully ministered to, who embraced his message and were now departing from it.
Paul tells us here in Galatians 6:9 that we can successfully keep running our race with endurance and not burn out in doing what’s right, only by fixing our eyes on Jesus.
Our faith, our ability to be a blessing and to do good to our brothers and sisters or to accomplish anything at all of lasting value depends on Christ start to finish.
When we lift our eyes to the all-powerful, all-loving God, we can commit our way to Him and receive His assurance that in God’s time we will reap what He has richly prepared for us–a harvest of blessing–as we daily draw fresh strength from His inexhaustible supply to keep running in His footsteps.
LORD, thank you for teaching me in my weariness or in times when I lose heart that I can do nothing apart from you. You are my life, my strength, my salvation. I give myself to you and ask that the power of Your life in me would restore my joy and renew my vision to keep doing your will and doing good to those around me.
From “The One Year Praying through the Bible © Cheri Fuller
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