Worry makes us weary. It can wear us out and wear us down. It can convince us to quit. But God's strategy is that not only would we endure but also that we would reap abundance when the harvest is ready.
Galatians 6:9 in the ESV says, "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up" (emphasis added).
In due season. Harvest is not due every season. But sometimes we expect fruit when it's not time yet. When we don't get what we want we often believe we have failed. And if we deem the failure to be the result of something we did or something we didn’t do, we condemn ourselves.
We suppose that we've sinned, perhaps unwittingly. But in fact we may have done nothing wrong. Perhaps we did what we should have done. Maybe the season we're in is winter. During winter there are no blossoms, no leaves, no fruit. But winter is not a season of barrenness; it's a time of rest. A Sabbath.
Likewise, there are seasons when we expect fruit prematurely. But not all of us mature at the same rate. In fact, trees bear their fruit in due season—when it's their time, not before. Some of us are late bloomers. It takes more time for our lives to produce. Don't condemn what God has forgiven. And judge nothing before its time.
Too often we focus on the negative and overlook the positive—God's promise. The Bible promises that if we don't quit, if we don't give up, we will reap.
Be patient then. With yourself. With others. With God. The harvest is guaranteed. Keep doing what is good and doing it well.
- Jeff Adams