“Worth the Wait”

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Monday, August 2, 2021, comes to us from Jody Williams of Illinois



Galatians 6:7-10

7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Worth The Wait


When I became a homeowner, I found mowing the lawn stressful. Getting my mower started as a feat in itself, not to mention the hour and a half it took to get the job done. As I’ve grown accustomed to mowing, however, I’ve actually begun to enjoy it. I find satisfaction in seeing weeds disappear as I work, and I love to admire the beauty of my lawn when I’ve finished.


This experience has caused me to wish that more of life was this way. In most of my other efforts, I don’t see immediate results the way I do when mowing my lawn: The friend who seemed excited to come to church with me once doesn’t come again. After I have taught them for months, my students still make the same mistakes they made before. Temptations I thought I had conquered get the best of me yet again.


Today’s quoted verse reminds us not to give up on our efforts to do good. We may see the results of our efforts in this life, but not always. God’s timetable is different than ours. And even when we may not see it, God is working to mold us into the image of Christ. God promises that if we don’t give up, we are sure to reap a harvest worth the wait.


Prayer Focus:

New Homeowners


Thought for the Day:

Even when I do not see results, God is at work in my life.


Prayer:

Dear Lord, help us to persevere in our efforts to do good. Amen.

 

Friends – Jody Williams reminds us to “hang in there”. Even when our efforts seem fruitless, God is working to give that work value, even though we may not be able to understand that value at the time our effort. Thus, we are challenged to persist because God will provide results, even if we aren’t aware of those results.

--Pastor bea