For Sunday April 03, 2022:
SEEDS OF DISCOURAGEMENT
2 Chronicles 15:7 (NKJV)
“But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!”
If Satan had a barn for storing his weed seeds, the biggest bins would be filled with discouragement seeds, for he’s constantly sowing them in the hearts of faithful Christians. Many pastors are utterly worn out. Missionaries, seeing little tangible progress, are disheartened and ready to give up their work. Lay workers sometimes ask themselves, Am I doing any good, or is this a waste of time?
We don’t always see immediate and impressive results from our labor, but God promises that our work shall be rewarded. Paul told us to be “always abounding in the work of the Lord,” knowing our labor in Him is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).
We have barns, too, filled with gospel seed. The Bible promises, “He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him” (Psalm 126:6).
So don’t give up or grow weary in doing good, for in due season, we’ll reap a harvest if we do not lose heart (Galatians 6:9).
Lord, take my lips, and speak through them; take my mind,
and think through it; take my heart, and set it on fire!
WILLIAM H. H. AITKEN