It’s a nasty struggle sometimes. Sometimes we find ourselves doing things that just seem so futile, so pointless. But often there’s nothing we can do about it. We’re stuck doing the pointless futile things that won’t last long. We feel like quitting sometimes. But we don’t quit. We can’t. But it feels like we can’t continue either. So how do we continue? I think one encouragement is found in banking on a few thoughts.
- If we love God and are called according to his purpose all things work together for our good. Even being stuck doing a pointless job with abrasive people works for our good. The worst situation you can imagine actually tends to your good if you are a child of God.
- God is efficient. There is purpose in what I do, though I may never understand what that purpose is.
- We can rest on a hope in a better future. Some of us have wonderful plans and dreams for our lives that may very well be fulfilled. Look to them. And even if you never achieve your dreams while breathing this air you can bank on the promise that one day you will stare at the glory of God in the face of Christ face to face. There we will gaze into the endless ages and be happy.
- And remember the words of Habbakuk:
Though the fig tree should not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines,
The produce of the olive fail
And the fields yield no food,
The flock be cut off from the fold
And there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
Why? Because his lovingkindess is better than life…and it lasts a lot longer, too.