Be Not Weary In Well Doing
– Jay Hunemuller
- And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Who knows the difference between being weary and being lazy?
Being lazy means you have the ability but not the desire. Weary means you have the desire and you’re doing it, but it’s wearing you down.
Being lazy is an attitude. You can’t be weary if you haven’t done anything, but you can be lazy and not do anything.
- to be (bad or) weak, i.e. (by implication) to fail (in heart) – faint, be weary.
The scripture tells us to not be weary in well doing, for in due season, after having passed through this life, we shall reap
- disinclined to activity or exertion, not energetic or vigorous.
moving slowly or sluggish, not rigorous or strict.
Laziness likes company. There’s nothing really wrong with taking rest, but we’re going to talk about some of the reasons we become weary.
- The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.
- He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.
So the desire of the slothful killeth him. He has a desire, but no motivation behind it to get that desire. It’s not necessarily talking about coveting money; the scripture goes on to say that he won’t get up to eat because there may be a lion in the streets.
Name some things that can cause you to become weary:
- I’m the only one doing it.
- Eyes on yourself
- Continuing in the same thing, day after day.
- Not being focused.
- Much study is a weariness to the flesh.
- Lack of progress.
- Expectations too high.
- Didn’t count the cost; bit off more than you could chew.
- Sin, weights, cares of this life
- Loss of purpose, relationship
- Lack of faith, discipline
- Distress, grief
The Bible says that Satan would try to wear out the patience of the saints. But it also says that we are not ignorant of Satan’s devices.
Let’s talk about burnout. That’s what would have happened to Moses, but fortunately he was able to overcome it through a scriptural remedy.
- And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening.
- And when Moses’ father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even?
- And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God:
- When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws.
- And Moses’ father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.
- Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.
How many people, at a minimum estimate, was Moses trying to judge?
> Over a million people.
That’s a lot of people to be trying to handle their problems, every day. Jethro was Moses’ father-in-law. He said, “You’re going to get burned out fast. You can’t do it alone. You’ve got to build a team.” We mentioned biting off more than you could chew. Got gave him this responsibility, but if he would have tried to do it all by himself, he would have bitten off more than he could chew. So Jethro gave Moses a good plan. He said to build a team and a hierarchy, so that the smaller matters could be handled at the lower levels, and the big things, they’ll bring to Moses.
- If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.
Jethro gave Moses some wisdom, and it’s like giving him an axe. The sharper it is, the better. He gave Moses a plan, and Moses implemented that plan. It came through his father-in-law, but it was from God, because it was wisdom.
Lack of Discipline
Who knows the story of Samson? It’s in Judges, from the end of chapter 13 through chapter 16. Samson was someone of whom it was prophesied that he would deliver Israel. The one thing that God told him never to do was, he was not supposed to cut his hair. But the problem is, he kind-of did whatever he wanted to. He fell into sin, and gave up his secret to the enemy, so they cut his hair, captured him, and put out his eyes. He was made weak through sin and lack of discipline in his spiritual life.
- He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
- Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Loss of Focus
Let’s look at another example, involving Peter:
- And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
- But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
- And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
So we see that first he lost his focus, then he became afraid. When he began to sink, that’s when he began his recovery. That was a pretty quick thing, but we can do the same. If we lose our focus, and cry out to God, he’ll put us right back on track. The sooner we do that, the sooner we’ll be all right. We don’t have to sink and blubber and hold our breath and so on.
Sins and Weights
Another story is about David and Bathsheba. Is there anybody who is not familiar with that story? It begins with 2 Samuel chapter 11. He saw this beautiful woman, Bathsheba, and he sent for her and had sex with her. When he found out she was with child, he called in the husband and told him to go to his wife. But the man had so much integrity, that … He was the king of Israel, so God had a big problem with that, and he had to suffer the consequences for the rest of his life. The consequences were the wars that he fought, and then his son Absalom who tried to take the kingdom away from him. David repented, and God saw fit to forgive him. We can read in Psalms 51 where he sought restoration and renewal.
So if you find yourself in sin, whether big or small, you can repent and seek restoration.
- Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
- Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
- Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
- Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
If that worked for David, most of us aren’t dealing with adultery and murder, but even if you are, God has restoration for you.
Absalom died in battle, because he was going to take over the kingdom, and that wasn’t part of God’s plan, and David was struck with grief. His grief caused him to lose sight of the kingdom. His captain, Joab said, “Hey, do you love your enemies and hate your friends? All Israel will leave you if you don’t speak comfortably to them.” Joab reminded David of his purpose. Sometimes we need to be reminded of our purpose, too.
- Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.
So if you’re losing sight of your purpose, if you start wondering why you’re doing what you’re doing, then get counsel. That’s what Moses got from Jethro. Every purpose is established by counsel.
Loss of Love
- And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
- Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
- Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
The love and the works kind-of go together. When you love someone, you do something about it, and when you love God, you do something about it. Love is an action verb.
How to Overcome Weariness
- Get counsel; get wisdom
Build a team
Even the strong are sometimes weak. So even if you’re not going to lead a team, be on a team.
Renewal, restoration, re-energize
- Have a clear vision and purpose
Put legs on our faith
We didn’t have time to cover this, but James chapter 2 covers it, as well as Proverbs 16:3
- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
This talks about overcoming weariness through faith and a relationship with God:
- He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
- I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
- Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
- He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
- Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
- Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
- A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
- Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
So stay in that dwelling-place, that habitation with God. Keep a close relationship with him, because you’ll be delivered. Things will happen to other people, but not to you. You want to be that example. How else will people know to come under the shadow of God’s wing?
Fighting the Good Fight of Faith
Endurance is important. Sometimes we just need to be able to see beyond the current circumstances of our existence.
- But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
- Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
So basically, it’s saying to flee from the works of the flesh and fight the good fight of faith.
- Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
- Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.