“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” — 1 Corinthians 15:57-58
We need encouragement quite often (especially on Mondays) to keep us going through discouraging days. There is a bit of history, showing how great things were accomplished through patient continuance at a task.
The average speed of the “Mayflower” during much of the voyage across the Atlantic to America was two miles an hour! That was enough to discourage even the most steadfast souls on that momentous journey.
Two miles an hour: what a glorious example of pushing on under discouragement. Can we identify with such conditions in the Christian life? Do we face times when it seems like nothing is going on – like God is not really working in our lives?
How do we deal with the “affliction” of imperceptible progress? How do we guard against discouragement when nothing seems to be happening?
The Word of God says that we must see the invisible. 2 Corinthians 4:116-18 says,
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
To see the invisible, we must see things from God’s perspective. To see this way we must fill our lives with His Word. His Word produces faith (Romans 10:17) and the endurance we need to walk at His pace.
His pace! – it is a good thing to remember when our speed toward some cherished goal seams to be two miles an hour!