Due Season? When is due season...?
For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.
Jeremiah 31 is chock-a-block with promises to exiled Israel. Restoration, peace, rejoicing, returning to their ancient land, and the new covenant are all promised by God to His people in this chapter. Midway through is verse 25, "For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish." Weary is Hebrew "awyafe" meaning exhausted or faint. Languishing is Hebrew "dawab" meaning sorrowful or mourning. Decades of captivity will do that to you. As I meditated on this verse, and our own "covid constrictions" of the last twelve months, I was reminded of New Testament encourage-ments of the same ilk:
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. 2 Thessalonians 3:13
Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. Hebrews 12:3
I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name's sake, and you have not grown weary. Revelation 2:3
Doing good and becoming exhausted in the process is an occupational hazard for followers of Jesus. We become drained, emptied of energy and desire. We may ask, "what's the use? No one knows, my efforts don't really matter, why continue?" The reason Paul said it repeatedly is that do-gooders need to hear it repeatedly. Don't quit. Don't give up. In the words of Journey, "don't stop believin.." There is a due season coming, and reaping will occur. I know this is difficult. It's also true.
Jesus used the word "weary" when he said, "Come to me, all who are weary and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Personally, I am hanging onto the promise to be satisfied and replenished from Jeremiah 31. We need periods of rest, times when our soul is replenished and satisfied, so we may return to the fray. How about you?
Journeying to Jesus again, opening my soul for replenishment, Perry Floyd