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“…take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded” (2 Chronicles 15:7)
Do you ever feel unappreciated, undervalued, underpaid, overworked, stressed, anxious, weary or afraid? Most people (maybe even all people) feel like this at some time in their lives. On one occasion when I was in Serbia I met a young man who used to go to work in a factory every day, but he had not been paid for about six months because the manufacturer was in financial difficulty. However, this man’s boss promised him and his fellow workers that he would reward them if they helped him. I confess that I thought he was foolish, and yet I couldn’t help but be impressed by this young man’s confidence in, and loyalty and dedication to his employer. There are times when we are weak and fearful, but knowing that we will be rewarded should spur us on to greater endeavor. Let us be daring and audacious in our labor for the Lord. Christians have perfected the art of trotting out pious platitudes. But to be frank, there are times when I get totally fed up with working for God.
I wonder why the pay and conditions are not better, and Christians frustrate me so much that I just don’t want to work with them. I suspect that I am not the only one who feels like this. For all our talk about truth, we sometimes lack honesty. We are afraid to admit that sometimes we shake our fists at God and curse the day we ever took on ministry. It is at times like this that we need to be reminded to take courage and to hold on to the promise that he who is faithful to all his promises will not fail to reward the work of our hands. Believe! Listen to Habakkuk,
Habakkuk 1:2-4 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
Habakkuk’s Cry for Help
2 O Jehovah, how long must I cry for help,
but you do not hear?
How long must I cry to you “Violence!”
and you will not save?
3 Why do you make me see wickedness,
and why do you tolerate wrongdoing?
Why are destruction and violence before me;
and why do strife and contention arise?
4 So the law is paralyzed,
and justice never goes forth.
For the wicked surround the righteous;
so justice goes forth perverted.
Do not get lost in these temporary times. If your faith ever told you that eventually you would be receiving eternal life, and you know that to be true, seven trillion years into your eternal life, this moment, 70-80 years will seem like one piece of sand on all of earth’s beaches.