You pick up your Bible for the four-thousandth day in a row and wonder, “Why am I doing this? Is it really making a difference?” I’ve been there. It’s easy to wonder if our time in God’s Word is really making a difference as we continue to be faithful day after day. Satan wants us to remain discouraged in our walks with the Lord, but we must persevere in encouraging ourselves in the Lord. If you need a little extra encouragement today, I want to share with you some thoughts on faithfulness. I want to encourage you to commit to a lifetime of faithfulness in walking with God when you don’t feel like it, when you don’t see results, and when no one sees.
WHEN YOU DON’T FEEL LIKE IT
There have been many times when I haven’t felt like reading my Bible, but I did it anyway. For a long time, I would have been embarrassed to admit that, believing that it made me a hypocrite. But it’s completely normal to have days (or weeks or months) in which you just don’t feel like reading God’s Word. You may be in a particularly exhausting season of life (hello, motherhood), or you may be going through a season of discouragement and depression. Spending time with the Lord is relationship building, and relationship building can be exhausting! Be faithful in your time with the Lord anyway. He will speak the words of hope into your heart that you so desperately need.
WHEN YOU DON’T SEE RESULS
Even when God is speaking those words of hope into your heart, you may not see the results that you’re longing for from your time with Him. But our time with God isn’t a magic formula to fix all of our problems. It’s a daily time of growing in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord. If you have a season when your time in God’s Word feels fruitless, remember that His Word will never return void. He is sowing seeds in your heart that will bloom into a fruitful life lived for Him.
WHEN NO ONE SEES
We have become spoiled to instant affirmation. We make a post on Facebook or Instagram, and we see the likes come pouring in. We bask in the approval of others, but our time with the Lord takes place in the quiet where nobody sees. It’s hard to be faithful in something when there’s no praise to be had in the end, but this is where faithfulness counts the most. It doesn’t matter if anybody ever notices my faithfulness. When I get to the end of my life, I want to hear God say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” So today I ask myself, do I want a moment of fame or a lifetime of faithfulness?
Does this mean you’ll never feel like it, never see results, and never receive encouragement from anyone to keep being faithful in your walk with the Lord? Of course not! There will be many seasons that are marked by a hunger for God’s Word, and you’ll feel like you can never get enough. You’ll see growth as you continue in faithfulness day after day, and God will send people into your life to encourage you to keep going. If you’re reading this, let me be one of those people today. Keep going. Your faithfulness will be worth it. And when you finally meet God face to face, you’ll be glad you spent your life getting to know Him.