Today’s bible study is Galatians 6:9-10: Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
This is the season for planting and many have begun working on their spring gardens. Here, in Columbia, stores are filled with fruit and vegetable seeds, tender young seedlings and gorgeous arrays of flowers. Many of us will work throughout the spring and summer to nourish the fruits for fall harvest. It is the time to be sowing lettuce, tomatoes, green beans and corn. During this time of working in the fall, it is well that we should study some of the commentaries to give us a better understanding of this verse and see just how it relates to what we are planting.
Barnes’ Notes on the Bible explains: The reference here is particularly to the support of the ministers of religion (Galatians 6:6), but the apostle makes the exhortation general. Christians sometimes become weary. There is so much opposition to the best plans for doing good; there is so much to be done; there are so many calls on their time and their charities; and there is often so much ingratitude among those whom they endeavor to benefit, that they become disheartened. Such Paul addresses, and exhorts them not to give over, but to persevere. .
Clarke’s Commentary reassures us that in due season we shall reap what we sow. As the husbandman, in plowing, sowing, and variously laboring in his fields, is supported by the hope of a plentiful harvest, which he cannot expect before the right and appointed time; so every follower of God may be persuaded that he shall not be permitted to pray, weep, deny himself, and live in a conformity to his Maker’s will, without reaping the fruit of it in eternal glory.
And, finally, Gill’s Exposition of the Whole Bible concludes with this comforting promise: if we faint not; but continue to the end, persevere constantly in doing acts of beneficence, and patiently wait, as the husbandman does, for the precious fruits of the earth; for there must be a distance of time between sowing and reaping; men must not expect to reap as soon as they sow; and therefore should not be weary of sowing, nor impatient in waiting, though they do not see as yet the appearance of the fruits thereof; for in their season they will be seen and enjoyed.
So, regardless of how tired we may be, let us not faint and give up. It is all too easy to give in, give out and give up. But the reward is the full harvest, not of lettuce and tomatoes but of the kingdom of God. May our hands and our backs do the work of the soil to produce a full harvest and may out hearts and minds be ever dedicated to the work of the Spirit and the kingdom of God our Father almighty.