In Due Season

Today I found myself just a bit weary. Quite bluntly put: Life is hard. No matter how much I invest, I often don’t get the outcome I am hoping for–in relationships, in hobbies, in ministry. My disappointment can cause me to question the value of what I aspire to. “Is it really worth this?” My mind whispers to my exhausted soul. And my aching heart joins in with a sigh.  I find it so easy to look for proof of success in the obvious outcomes. And so hard to wait patiently for seeds planted to eventually produce a harvest of righteousness for God’s glory.

Our culture isn’t any help. Numbers, results, progress, and right now, is the order of the day. We don’t have time for fruitless ventures. If one restaurant serves the food too slowly, we’ll head to another. If one advertising campaign doesn’t provoke mass sales, it is quickly ditched for another.

Even the church seeks validation in numbers. The number of children saved through a VBS program is advertised with gusto. The amount of missions’ giving is proudly posted. New members are counted and celebrated. Projects are routinely judged as a success or failure based on the countable impact.

But what about the wait? What about “due season”?  Paul encouraged the Galatians, “Therefore, let us not grow weary while doing good. For in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” What is our motivation for shunning weariness? In time we shall reap.  We are called to be faithful and leave the harvest up to God. Success isn’t measured by immediate results. It is measured by perseverance in loving and obeying God.

Jeremiah is a perfect example. I have nick named him: “The prophet to the lost cause.” God told him to go and warn Israel of impending judgement even though they would not listen and repent. By today’s standard, Jeremiah’s mission was an epic fail. And it is obvious that Jeremiah did grow weary of so much “failure.” But in due season, Jeremiah’s efforts did reap a harvest of righteousness. God used him to write two amazing books of Scripture that we benefit from centuries later. By God’s evaluation, Jeremiah was successful because he persevered, loving and obeying God, no matter what. Exhausted? Yes. Disappointed? Absolutely. I’ll wager he cried more than anyone else in Scripture. Faithful? To the very end.

My weariness is real. My disappointment is genuine. But my hope is secure. By God’s own promise, “In due season” I shall reap a harvest of righteousness.

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