Why do we give up doing good?

Galatians 6:9-10, Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Let us ask ourselves, have you given up doing good? If yes is your answer, then ask another question. How important were the good deeds that you did? How many people benefited from your good deed? Have you felt irritation and frustrated with Bible teachings as well? After doing 99 good deeds, if someone criticizes one good deed of yours, would you forget the 99 deeds and just think about the one the person criticized and give up altogether?? I doubt there is anyone who does not like to do good deeds. Many do not do good deeds, because they do not get expected results like encouragement, name, applause, appreciation, etc. Or else they give up thinking I had enough. Evangelists,nuns, priests, everyone, at one point of time do look back and feel disheartened and give up at some point. But the word of God says, Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Let us look at some reasons:

1.Reactions: Everyone desires that in exchange of the good deeds he/she does, they get appreciation, encouragement, name/mention, acknowledgement,etc. But what happens is just the opposite. There are examples in the Old Testament, eg: Moses. Moses was sent by God to the people of Israel to deliver them from Egyptians into the land of Canaan. He led them according to the instructions received from God. God nurtured them without them having to slave in the wilderness of the desert. He gave them the heavenly food,Manna. The Israelites were not satisfied even then and started to grumble against Moses to get some meat. Moses asked for death from God. God appeared to Moses and provided quails to the Israelites. Moses was disheartened by the ways of the people. But Bible says in Deuteronomy 31:8, The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” To those who give up and get disheartened the Lord says do not give up doing good for the Lord is with you.

2.Temporary failure: The best example of this is prophet Elijah. When he became afraid that he would face defeat before Queen Jezebel, he sent his helper away and wanted to die. The Lord appeared before him and strengthened him. He gave him heavenly food. Lord instructed him the way forward. 1 King 19, we read about the incident. Prophet Elijah had stood strong and received instructions from God, but he gave up in the face of Jezebel. To such place the Lord says not to give up because he will never leave us or forsake us.

3.Avoidance: When prophet Samuel became old, the people of Israel asked for a king from him. They said we need a king not a prophet. They avoided/ignored him after he had served their purpose. The Lord appeared before him and uplifted his spirits, 1 Samuel 8: 7,And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king…” To such people who are avoided or ignored the Lord once again says not to give up for He is with them and will not forsake them.

4.Loneliness: The example for this is prophet Elijah, 1 Kings 19: 4, ….“I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” The Lord provided solution to Elijah. The Lord provided answers to the demand for king, 1The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. 16 Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. 17 Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. 18 Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.” Like this those who face loneliness or get isolated, remember what the Lord says, Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

We have seen that due to the above mentioned reasons people give up doing good. If we compare we can see that problems come only to those who do good. Alcohol, drugs, adultery, and sins;people do not give them up. A question arises here, have you really given up doing good??? Do not remember that the Lord resides among those who do good. Listen to what the Lord says, Matthew 11:28, 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Isaiah 50:4 ,10: The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue,
    to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning,
    wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.

10 Who among you fears the Lord
    and obeys the word of his servant?
Let the one who walks in the dark,
    who has no light,
trust in the name of the Lord
    and rely on their God.

Isaiah 40:29-31, 29 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

Prophet Elijah walked through the desert for 40 days and 40 nights, surviving on the food provided by the Lord. The Lord has sent us on earth with many talents, to be ale to do whatever good we can and are capable of. If we increase the quantity of good, the quantity of evil automatically diminishes. The way out for this is the LIVING WORD OF GOD.

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