Mature Class Study, teacher Edith Tolbert.
We’re living in a time when people are getting weary. Weary: tired, worn out, without further patience.
Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
How we sow is how we end up. If we sow to the flesh (our way and how we think), we’ll get weary so we faint and reap corruption. Instead of reaping the good fruit and everlasting life, we’ll be reaping from the flesh.
Galatians 6:7-8 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
God wants us to always pray so we have persevering grace to last to the end. We must have a consistent prayer life so we pray in the morning, during the day, at night, and we want to talk to God consistently.
Luke 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
Daniel and his friends determined they were not going to be defiled by their flesh when taken to Babylon. Daniel was still consistently serving God and faithful when he was 80 years old, so no one could find any fault in him. Faithful means reliable, full of faith, loyal, trustworthy, and dependable. He consistently did what God wanted him to do.
Daniel 6:3-4…Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. Then the presidents and princes sought…occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any…fault found…
Daniel prayed even when he knew he would be thrown in the lions’ den. People knew they would find Daniel praying. He was always thankful, regardless of hard trials. God will give us persevering grace if we consistently pray and stay thankful.
Daniel 6:10-11 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open…toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.
God’s love never fails. We have to make sure we’re filled with the love of God and love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. The commandments of God will get grievous if we get weary. The love of God and faith help us not get weary.
I John 5:3-4 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
We need to love to do what God asks us and be consistently faithful no matter how we feel. We have to see God’s goodness in things. It’s the goodness of God that leads us in the right way. The enemy is fighting us hard to get weary in well-doing and to think there’s an easier way. When we wait on the Lord, he strengthens our heart. God wants us to learn patience in our trials. Don’t grow weary in well-doing because we’re going to reap if we don’t faint. If we get weary, we won’t plant so there won’t be any harvest. If we get weary in well-doing, we’ll cause problems by not waiting on God’s time.
Psalm 27:13-14 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
God doesn’t get weary or faint. We can depend on him for strength. If we’re tired and not feeling like coming to church, there’s a refreshing when we press our way into church. God provides that strength and refreshing instead of weariness.
Isaiah 40:28-31 Hast…thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength…they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Isaiah 40:30-31 (Amplified Classic) Even youths shall faint and be weary, and…feebly stumble and fall exhausted; But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall…renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles…they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.
Jesus got weary but he conquered by looking to the joy that was set before him. He said he didn’t live by bread alone but by every word out of the mouth of God. We have to look forward and go in the strength of the Lord, not our own.
Hebrews 12:2-3 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy…set before him endured the cross …For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
It’s required to be faithful as stewards to manage what God gives us to do. Faithful: reliable, dependable, responsible.
I Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
Moses had the best education in Egypt. The historian Josephus said Moses gave speeches and was general of the army in Egypt. When the army went to fight the Ethiopians, they were separated by a valley full of serpents. Moses’ strategy to release hungry Ibis birds in the valley that ate the snakes opened the way for the army to fight the Ethiopian army.
Acts 7:20-22…Moses was…nourished up in his father’s house three months: And when he was cast out, Pharaoh’s daughter took…him for her own…Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.
The Israelites asked who made Moses ruler over them. He fled for 40 years to Midian after killing an Egyptian to defend a Hebrew.
Acts 7:35-36 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge? the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush. He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years.
Moses was very meek after taking care of sheep in Midian. His whole demeanor was changed from when he was general.
Numbers 12:3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)
God said Moses was faithful. He did whatever God said. He followed his specific instructions to make the tabernacle.
Numbers 12:6-7 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.
God was going to destroy the Israelites and make Moses a great nation, but Moses begged for God’s mercy to them.
Exodus 32:9-14 And the Lord said unto Moses, I have seen this people…is a stiffnecked people: Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation. And Moses besought…Lord, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand? Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them…? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel…to whom thou swarest…unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land…they shall inherit it for ever. And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.
Mose didn’t want people following him. He wanted them to follow Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Numbers 14:11-12 And the Lord said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me…I will smite them…and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they.
Moses didn’t want glory for himself but for God. He prayed God would intervene and have mercy on the people.
Numbers 14:19-20 Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now. And the Lord said, I have pardoned according to thy word:
Moses was faithful to what God asked. God doesn’t want us to get weary but to hold confidence and be faithful to the end.
Hebrews 3:2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.
Hebrews 3:5-6 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things…But Christ …over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.