It was around 1870 when New York City witnessed one of the most fiercely contested mayoral races in its history. The incumbent was John Tweed – “Boss Tweed” he was called. The Boss Tweed machine represented politics at its very worst and it was an administration that was rotten to the very core. A goodly number of dedicated people were fed up with Boss Tweed’s kind of politics and so those good people of the city took on the Boss Tweed machine. At the start, they seemed to be making good headway. But as time passed and the campaign drug on, they began to feel the pressures of fighting against Tweed’s political machine. Many of those good people began to drop out for one reason or another. When the election was finally held and the results counted, to many people’s disappointment, Boss Tweed had been reelected. The next day the New York Times ran an editorial and analyzed what had happened. It said: “The good people quit being good before the bad people quit being bad.”
Isn’t that so often our dilemma. We are not tenacious. We throw up our hands in disgust. In our witnessing if we don’t have instant affirmation then we throw in the towel. The same thing is true with prayer, with ministries, with good deeds – even those done for the most noble and best causes. We get tired for the constant struggle and fight – we get worn down and just plain tired. And every time we lower our head and relax, our enemy pounces like the roaring lion that Scripture pictures him to be. And he maims and kills – all because good people stopped doing good before the bad people stopped being bad.
It happens in the work place, schools, politics, families and churches. It can happen in our own inward heart-struggle, too…we get weary of the constant whisper of temptation and let down the guard and we get clawed and chewed by the enemy.
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. – Galatians 6:9
There is too much that is of such great value for us to stop “being good”. Are you willing to pick up your weapons of spiritual warfare and rejoin the fray? It’s not too late…not yet.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints… – Ephesians 6:13-18a
PRAYER: We are such frail creatures, Lord, and we tire so easily after a continual struggle. We desperately need the strength of Your Spirit that never grows tired, never loses strength, never loses a battle – to re-energize us for the daily grind in this warfare against Satan. Pour Your strength into us, Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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