November 3, 2017
Never Give Up
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
Isaac was tired. Weary to the bone. He felt deeply called to the ministry, but he struggled to continue pastoring the church he loved so much. He did not even take the time to send the hymns he’d written to his brother, who wanted to see them published. He pushed on with the church.
But his health declined, as did the church, attendance dwindling. Finally the church members stepped in, asking another pastor to assist their respected Isaac. The help was just what he needed, and both he and the church experienced a renewed enthusiasm. The church grew, and Isaac finally saw his hymns published in 1707.
Isaac Watts stayed in the ministry, but he also became one of the Church’s most beloved composers. He’s credited with writing more than 750 hymns, including “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” This perennial favorite was inspired by Galatians 6:14: “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”
It’s not always easy to give our lives and our work over to the Lord. We’ll struggle. We may need to ask for help. We may even fail at times. Yet if we keep our eyes on Him, He will see us through.
Today’s One Thing
Write down one thing you feel God has led you to do, and craft a plan to achieve it.