Today’s Scripture Selection: Galatians 6:9

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

We’ve all heard it before: you reap what you sow.

Even though that is a soundly Biblical teaching – it has become a popular saying well outside the walls of the church.  Some people talk about “what goes around comes around” or “bad Karma” – but the basic idea is the same.  Sow something worthwhile and the harvest will be rich and plentiful.  Sow something worthless or toxic and there will be a great price to pay.

In the Book of Galatians, we can read all about it.  Right at the end of that letter, along with careful instruction about how to carrying one another’s burdens or helping each other along, there it is.  “A man reaps what he sows.”

But it’s more than a warning.  It’s a word of encouragement too.

Because it is followed by the words above: words about how we will one day see the reward of “doing good” – just as long as we don’t give in to discouragement along the way.

According to God’s providential timing – that’s how I read that part about “at the proper time” – a wonderful harvest is coming.

And all the patient struggling; the faithful, hard work; will pay off.  Perhaps not in material gain or worldly gain – but it will pay off just the same.

Lives will be changed; perhaps even saved.

God’s purposes will at long last be revealed.

Evil will be overcome.

Love will triumph.

Death will be no more.

It may be a long time coming.  And it can be tough waiting for harvest day.  But according to God’s word it will come – it will come.

And it will all be worth it.

Prayer: Father, help me to keep the faith waiting for that wonderful day of harvest – whenever it is to come.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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