At The Proper Time--by Kimberly B. Southall

Have you ever wondered whether or not it is actually worth it to be good and do good things? Sooner or later, the thought occurs to us that doing what is right just isn't worth that trouble. Sometimes we may see someone else lie, cheat, steal, or do something else wrong and apparently get away with it while we seem to face difficulties as the result of doing or saying what we know is right. It is then that we may wonder if being good or doing good is worth the trouble. Satan wants us to think it isn't so that we will sin. But the truth is that God's Word tells us:

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. --Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

You see, God knew sometimes we might grow weary or get tired of doing what is right, because Satan will try to make it difficult for us. But we are assured that at the right time, probably when we least expect it, we will reap a harvest if we just don't give up.

Think of it. Sometimes we don't know who is watching us. Perhaps the time when you tell the cashier that she gave you too much change will make a difference in the life of the person standing in line behind you. Maybe the neighbor you help today may begin thinking about how kind you've been and, months later, decide to ask you why you were so nice. Then you will have just the right opportunity to tell them how nice Jesus has been to both of you. We never know when our good actions will result in a harvest or reward, but God's Word assures us that it will happen according to God's perfect schedule--at the proper time.

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