Continued from here.
In my last blog entry, we digested what Paul meant by “in doing good” Today, we shift our focus to the first part of why we should not become weary in doing good.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” ~ Galatians 6:9
“For” is just another way of saying “because,” so Paul is going to tell us why we should not allow ourselves to become weary in doing good. However, before he addresses why, he tells us when: “at the proper time.”
The fact that Paul felt the need to address when the benefit would come means that the benefit is not going to come instantly. Alas! Think about it – if every time you did something good, you received an immediate blessing, it would be real easy not to grow weary, right?
One of my favorite sayings is no good deed goes unpunished. I say this frequently because most of the time when I choose to do the right thing, instead of getting an instant reward, what comes is either something negative or a lack of appreciation. It’s rare when I make the decision to do the right thing, and something really great happens right after I do it. I think this is because “the proper time” has not yet come.
So what is “the proper time?” It’s God’s timing, which generally seems slow to us. In fact, I used to accuse God of being a procrastinator. Then, I read Rick Warren’s saying, “God is never in a hurry, but he is always on time.” While my preference is for God to show up early, I have the assurance that He is never late.
I don’t know whether your blessing for doing good will come in a week, a month, a year, or after this lifetime, only that it will come “at the proper time.” This requires us to trust God because we aren’t going to see the blessing when we do the good deed. There’s going to be what we perceive as a lag between “doing good” and receiving a blessing, and during that lag, we are vulnerable to becoming weary. This is why Paul is letting us know not to expect an immediate blessing but is also assuring us that it will come.
[Graphic: Cartoon of Grace with her hand on her hip standing next to an hourglass by the words, “I’m waiting.” Courtesy Bitmoji.]