Listen to today’s devo!

He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. (Ps. 37:6)

Expanded Passage: Psalm 37:1–6

His brother-in-law described his growing frustration about being stymied in his military career, saying that it seemed like those who got promoted were “ladder climbers,” the least ethical, the most self-serving and self-promoting. He was discouraged and disappointed, feeling alone and unappreciated.

Many Christians are perplexed by the same phenomena. They serve faithfully every day, sometimes feeling isolated and undervalued. It seems like the bad guys always win and the good guys finish last. Or it seems like the bad guys get all the glory and the faithful get ignored. The observation can feel demoralizing.

The psalmist helped readers know there will be justice and is hope for the righteous. God always sees what others miss.

Even when we feel overlooked, passed by, unseen and unrecognized, we must continue to live righteous lives. Don’t be distracted from honoring God with your ministry to your family, church, and community. God is watching, and God rewards the faithful.

Before the end of his career, the brother-in-law was honored with various promotions and rewards. He hadn’t known he was being watched as he continued to serve faithfully despite discouragement.

During your life’s journey, remember that others experience periods of discouragement. Look around and encourage weary companions to persist in their faithfulness. Rewards await.

Encourage those who are weary.

Janelle Vernon serves The Wesleyan Church as executive director of Communication and Administration, general secretary, and publisher for Wesleyan Publishing House.

© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.