“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)
In due time…
There are moments in my faith where I’m weary. I’m talking bone-dry weary. My heart, mind, spirit, virtually everything is tired especially when I’m trying to do good. It seems like the greatest opposition comes when I want to create or be apart of something life-giving or Kingdom building.
When I read the three words “in due time,” in Galatians 6:9, I’m met with the feeling of apprehension but also expectancy. I’m apprehensive because I take the mindset Habakkuk when he asks God how long will the righteous endure the suffering while the wicked seem to skip merrily along while doing their wicked deeds.
But I also have expectancy. Because when something is due, you expect to get it. And 99% of the time, you will. In God’s case, it’s a sure 100% It’s just a matter of when. To get to that expected end, I’m discovering it requires a level of endurance to keep going and to not get weary even though my soul, spirit, and body screams otherwise.
I find it wonderful that God has given us the Holy Spirit to spur us on and even carry us when we feel weak and weary.
Message In The Mango Tree
I liken Galatians 6:9 to my massive mango tree in my backyard. If you’ve followed me on the blog for awhile, you know about this famous tree. Especially during this time of year. Our mango tree has endured a lot. Extreme heat, tropical storms, hurricanes, you name it.
It’s been exposed to the harshest South Florida elements there is (which isn’t many but still moderately extreme nonetheless). One of the marvels of the this tree is that it’s still standing tall. It doesn’t bend or break unlike the one avocado tree that fell during Tropical Storm Eta. This massive mango tree endured.
And year after year, with its endurance, it produces a harvest of abundant mangoes in its due season.
This tree didn’t come to the resolve to quit and fall. Nor was it weary or tired. It still endured.
If the tree who doesn’t have the Spirit of God living inside of it can endure, how MUCH MORE can we when we have the Holy Spirit living inside us?
I get it. We’re human. Not trees. We get tired and weary.. And to be honest, that’s OKAY. It’s to be expected in this broken and fallen world. God sees, knows, and understands. But we’re not to give up.
I’m not to give up.
Like the mango tree, we take our enduring seasons of hardships and dig our spiritual roots in the firm and secure soil of God’s Word, Strength, Grace, Mercy, and Love to be nurtured. And In Due Time…we will receive and reap a beautiful ripe harvest while solidly standing if we don’t give up with an aroma so sweet and pleasing.
Our endurance with God in hardships is the key to our expected end.
Wait for it
We don’t want to collect our harvest too soon or destroy our planting before the harvest has a change to begin because enduring seems too difficult. Our harvest won’t come a moment too soon or too late if we hold on to God while standing tall and braving the spiritual elements.
The wicked will have their moment… only for a season. Just know in due time, God promises that our season of abundance is coming.
The question is: Are you willing to endure and wait for it?