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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
"If We Faint Not"
"If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small." Proverbs 24:10
An elderly preacher was rebuked by one of his deacons one Sunday morning before the service. "Pastor," said the man, "something must be wrong with your preaching and your work. There's been only one person added to the church in a whole year, and he's just a boy."
The minister listened, his eyes moistening and his thin hand trembling, "I feel it all," he replied, "but God knows I've tried to do my duty."
On that day, the minister's heart was heavy as he stood before his flock. As he finished the message, he felt a strong inclination to resign. After everyone else had left, that one boy came to him and asked, "Do you think if I worked hard for an education, I could become a preacher--perhaps a missionary?"
Again tears welled up in the minister's eyes. "Ah, this heals the ache I feel," he said. "Robert, I see the Divine hand now. May God bless you, my boy. Yes, I think you will become a preacher."
Many years later an aged missionary returned to London from Africa. His name was spoken with reverence. Nobles invited him to their homes. He had added many souls to the church of Jesus Christ, reaching even some of Africa's most savage chiefs. His name was Robert Moffat, the same Robert who years before had spoken to the pastor that Sunday morning in the old Scottish Kirk.
“Lord, help us as a church to be STEADFAST. Often we get weary and discouraged in Your work, and we think that we are failing because we don't always see great results. Please remind us not to become "weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not" Gal 6:9. May we see that the race is to be run with patience (Heb. 12:1,2), and that this race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong (Eccl. 9:11). Help us to run in Your strength and power, and, Lord, give us the grace to trust You with the results! Amen!”