Reaping and Not Fainting

In his statement to the Galatians, "In due season we shall reap, if we faint not," Paul indicates that men face two alternatives and on their choice of these depends their failure or success. Accomplishment is contingent on the continued activity of consciousness. He who faints physically or mentally presents an object of helplessness and inactivity; he has lost initiative, judgment, direct contact with all that is developing in his environment. He has in fact ceased, however temporarily, to function. In such a contingency, sowing or reaping, of the nature Paul had in mind, is not taking place.

The writer to the Hebrews exhorted his readers to remember the steadfast power of endurance of Christ Jesus in the face of whatever bitter enmity and persecution they might have to encounter. This was to be their example and inspiration, "lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds."

June 7, 1941

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