We've all heard that nice guys finish last and some of us hear Billy Joel's voice when we read "only the good die young." Let's face it, doing the right thing doesn't always seem like it works out as advertised. There is such a strong current flowing away from faith today that it can be an exhausting swim toward the things of God. Not only so, but the good we do on the behalf of others can seem like a waste of time when we measure the results.
If you've ever thought, I didn't realize it would be this hard, or, I can't seem to get victory over the sin in my life, then you may have thought of giving up. Don't give up! Giving up is giving in and giving in is playing into the hands of the Evil One (1 Peter 5:8).
I was greatly encouraged by a card I found on my dresser this morning. It had this verse written in blue:
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at just the right time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)God calls us to do good. Though people's hearts remain cold, or good deeds go unappreciated, or sin gets us down--don't give in! Believe this promise: God always rewards faithfulness. Sometimes it happens when we least expect it.