“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)
I’ve never run a marathon but my self-proclaimed ‘couch potato’ friend is about to run her first race at the age of sixty. “It’s for a good cause,” she bubbled to me this morning. It’s never too late to embark on a new endeavor. Getting on-board with something is not always the challenge, though; it can be staying the course.
Heavy and hurtful had been words and actions directed towards a friend of ours at his workplace. How to deal with that? It can be frustrating and depressing, when you want to stay the course and do the right thing.
David is the only person in the Bible called “a man after God’s own heart.” (1Sam 13:14, Jer 3:15, Acts 13:22) Over and over, in the songs he himself wrote, is the solution to situations such as this: Turn to God, trust in God to heal you and direct you, and have faith in God that He will vindicate you. God is the embodiment of truth; you can have complete confidence He will do what he says: He will take care of you, His child.
So the answer to how to deal with staying the course is–carry on, do the next right thing. Keep on doing what you’re doing. Retaliation and revenge only backfire. The Lord will fight on your behalf. Don’t cave, don’t waiver. God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we think or ask. Know with certainty that God’s power is available and at work–for you–now.
Staying the course, a good plan with a good God to help us. That’s good news.
“the battle is not yours, but God’s…stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. Do not be afraid or discouraged… for the Lord is with you!” (2 Chronicles 20:15, 17)