The Real Work
I found some notes I had written in an old journal when I was working on one of my books. I had hoped to have three chapters done by Christmas but only had one and a half completed. By the middle of January, I had progressed to chapter three.
One night I reread what I had written in the previous five days and it just disintegrated before my eyes. All of it, except one small section, suddenly looked inconsequential and hardly worth stating.
But then I remembered that my work is not to produce results but to believe God. "God's work--which is by faith" (1 Timothy 1:4) has been one of my life verses. I deliberately chose at that point to believe, and wrote, "Lord, I know I've trusted you to help me write. I know You are helping me. It doesn't matter how it seems. Your purposes are higher than mine and even though I don't see results, I am believing you. I'm not discouraged because I'm doing all you ask me to do."
And it was true. I was not discouraged because I was doing God's work by believing and that was all I needed to concern myself with.
Of course, I continued working but I was not in despair. I knew I was believing God would help.
The book was finished on time.
Dear Jesus, when I know You've heard me pray, the answer's on the way.
"So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised" (Heb 10:35, 36).