We must not hide in solitude

Ed M. nails it again:

Why escape to the desert? Why grow “weary in doing good?” Galatians 6:9. Our feeble thoughts and listless tones expose our hopeless hearts. We should not give up. We must not hide in solitude. We were called to deliver the invitation of God on the “street corners” of life, Matthew 22:1-10. The Lord is telling us “to go back the way we came,” to renew our commitment, to get involved again.

Focus question: When do I feel most weary and discouraged? How do I react?

Happy are those who never quit

Ed M.’s devotional today hit me square between the eyes, using Isaiah 49.4 as his main text.

Labor of the saints. Discouragement is common among the devout. It is not their effort which exhausts them. It is the frustration that nothing seems to come of it. Yet happy are those who never quit. Lesser troubles are forgotten in the face of vaster undertakings. Let the flagging messenger look beyond his disheartening past, Deuteronomy 1:12; Joshua 8:1.

Focus question: How important are results to you? Or immediate praise of what you do?