And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9 (KJV)
I remember hearing this verse over and over in my childhood, memorizing it in girls groups and Sunday school classes. Somewhere along life’s events by misplacing the order of two small words I changed the context from well doing to doing well.
Maybe I’m the only one, but somedays I don’t feel like I’m doing well. When my kids are fighting, the bills are stacking up and my husband and I disagree on things, I can’t say I am doing well. I feel weary. I keep striving to do well and miss the mark.
But, if I go back to the original context I find that life isn’t about doing well, it’s in well doing. What is well doing? Doing the right thing, doing what is good. It can be discouraging continuing to do the right things and receiving no word of thanks or not seeing the tangible results of your decisions. By thinking that I have to be doing well to keep going I limit what God can do.
I have a plaque in my house that reads, “Everyday may not be a good day, but there’s something good in every day.” In the midst of the to-do list, the screaming at your kids (you promised yourself that you weren’t going to do that anymore), the leaky faucet and the car breakdown, there was something good that took place. There was some well doing that happened, even if the day felt like you weren’t doing well.
It’s so easy to lose hope when you don’t “feel” like anything is going your way; when life “feels” overwhelming and you can’t “see” a difference. Feelings are such a carnal thing that the devil loves to have a hay day with. The last part of this verse gives us hope! “For in due season we will reap, if we faint not.” When God’s timing all fits together perfectly you will see a harvest, if you don’t faint; if you don’t give up. Keep going even when feelings don’t match. You will “see” and “feel” like you are making a difference when God wants you to. That’s what this life of faith and trust is all about.
Father, I pray for those like me who have misplaced two small words in life and have concentrated on doing well instead of well doing. Help us to carry on doing the right things and doing what is good even when it doesn’t feel good and we don’t get the results we’d like to see. Help us to trust you and your timing. Encourage our spirits to know that in due season we will reap a harvest if we don’t faint. Thank you Lord. Amen.