And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
I. THE CONDITION OF WEARINESS IN WELL-DOING.
1. It is a feeling, not at present a change of action. The well-doing is continued in spite of weariness. Our moods vary, and we can scarcely be held to be responsible for them. The essential thing is that we do not cease working.
2. It is very different from being weary of well-doing. We may grow weary in our work and yet be most anxious for the success of it. Such weariness is a common condition. How often is the flesh weak while the spirit is willing! How often is the spirit, too, wearily cleaving to the dust, and pining for a Divine inspiration, like the hart thirsting and panting for the water-brooks!
II. THE EVIL OF THIS CONDITION.
1. It is distressing. The task over which we sing in the freshness of the morning becomes a burden to groan under when the evening finds us jaded and worn.
2. It is likely to make our work defective. We cannot row fast when the stream turns contrary to us, nor work effectively against the grain.
3. It may lead to the abandonment of our mission. Weariness may end in despair. If we have no joy in our work we shall be tempted to negligence.
III. THE CAUSES OF THIS CONDITION.
1. In ourselves.
(1) Want of rest. "Come ye aside and rest awhile," said Christ to his disciples in the midst of their busiest labours.
(2) Want of nourishment. We grow weary if we work long without food. There is a danger lest the active servant of Christ should neglect his own private prayer and meditation and the quiet inward spiritual sustenance that is so necessary to give vigour and freshness to the external service.
2. Causes in our work.
(1) Monotony and drudgery. How much of our work has no glow of romance and no inspiration of heroism about it! The soldier grows tired of camp service, though he would put forth tenfold exertions in the excitement of battle without feeling weary.
(2) Lack of results. It often looks as though we were labouring in vain. Now, futile toil is of all toil the most wearying.
IV. THE REMEDY FOR THIS WEARINESS.
1. If it comes from our own habits anal conditions, see that we have the rest and nourishment that our souls need. We must be more with God in prayer. Natural bodily rest may be needed too. A good holiday may be the best cure for a weariness that sadly troubles the soul of a conscientious toiler.
2. If the weariness comes from our work,
(1) remember that Christ is watching us, so that the commonest drudgery done for his sake becomes a noble service and will receive as warm an approval as the most brilliant achievement - nay, a more kindly recognition, seeing that it was more trying to discharge the lowly duty with full fidelity; and
(2) remember that the harvest, though delayed, will surely be reaped in due time, - then "they that sow in tears shall reap in joy." - W.F.A.
Parallel VersesKJV: And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.