Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Growing Weary

So don’t get tired (weary) of doing what is good.  Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.  (Gal. 6:9 NLT)
            Our present society is making it extremely difficult for individuals who believe in high moral values and modesty to focus on righteousness.  The media sponsors ads bordering on wayward immorality and blatant blasphemy.  Hardly a day goes by when there isn’t another report of sexual misconduct in high places.  Every facet of society is affected.
            The Apostle Paul was clear when he told Timothy, “In the last days there will be very difficult times.  For people will only love themselves and their money.  They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful.  They will consider nothing sacred.”  (2 Timothy 3:1-2 NLT)
            It doesn’t take much to become despondent after listening to newscasters rattle off reports on such shocking stories as a football coach who molests students; or the report of a famous baseball player who gets a 250 million dollar contract to hit a ball while dedicated school teachers are paid a pittance for pouring their lives into the next generation.  Or the father who murders his wife and children, then shoots himself; or the passing of a law to allow the abortion (murder) of millions of innocent babies. 
            Can you feel the intensity of Peter as he wrote? “and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard) –“ (2 Peter 2:7,8 NIV).
            Has your soul felt tormented by the immoral values of this world?  Does God really care about the iniquity in the world?  Never fear! Peter continues by saying, “God does not want anyone to perish, so he is giving more time for everyone to repent.” (2 Peter 3:9 NLT)
            In the meantime, Jesus has given you and me the directive to “occupy till I come.” The only way we can do this is to trust the Lord to give us the strength to overcome the weariness and press on for the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14)

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