Devotional: ‘Galoshes!’   

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It had been a long day and the new first grade teacher was completely exhausted. Yet, before she could dismiss the children and let them go home, she had to help many of them put on their galoshes. As she was wrestling the last pair onto a little girl, she heard a small voice say, “These aren’t mine.” In a moment of despair the teacher yanked the galoshes back off, almost taking the little girls legs with them. Just as she got the last one off, in total innocence the little girl looked up, smiled and said with great pride, “They’re my sisters. She let me wear them today!”

Whether it’s wrestling with a bunch of first graders and their galoshes, or dealing with a difficult co-worker; sometimes the weariness of life can overwhelm us and in such moments, we are tempted to throw up our hands and quit. Yet consider these words from the Apostle Paul –

“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)

Moments of weariness and discouragement can happen to us all. Sometimes we grow weary because it seems that all of our effort is producing little results. Sometimes we grow weary because it seems that our efforts are producing the wrong results. Sometimes we grow weary because we feel as though we have already done more than what was our part. Sometimes we grow weary because there is no one willing to help us. Sometimes we grow weary just because we’re tired. Yet scripture encourages us to never stop doing the right thing. According to Paul, God will eventually send His reward, if we do not grow weary and quit.

How do we keep going on when we feel as though we are ready to quit? As a child of God, we must draw our strength from the Lord. The Bible says –

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:28-31)

Even young men will eventually grow tired and weary. They will stumble and fall. But those who draw their strength from God will find that His grace is always available and always sufficient. Isaiah tells us that the everlasting God will never grow tired and weary and therefore He will always be able to help.

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord –
Wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord –
Wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord

You are the everlasting God – The everlasting God
You do not faint, you won’t grow weary
You’re the defender of the weak –
You comfort those in need
You lift us up on wings like eagles

(Lincoln Brewster)

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