Isaiah 40:28-31 (NKJV) Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Are you weary today? Tired? Exhausted? Are you physically or mentally overworked, overtired or overwrought? Are you fatigued and pained by the pressures of life? The life of a believer is called the good fight of faith which reason. It is a battle to remain standing against the assault of the enemy. It’s early. I was up late. I am so tired that tears are involuntarily falling down my face. Yawn after yawn arise without warning. I was tempted to hit snooze on the alarm and get a few more minutes of sleep but experience tells me that God gives me more in thirty minutes than a well-earned nap ever will so I sit down behind the glare of the monitor and open my journal to a clean new page. All I can think to write is “weary”. Just weary. Lord, do you have a word for the weary ones today. Those who live in your Love by faith holding tightly to confident hope yet feel the strain their heart nevertheless. Surely there is a promise or two for those of us who refuse to let go thought struggling to hang on.
This is not about giving up on the Lord, walking away or choosing to backslide or wander. This is about holding on to the promise that God made you until it comes to pass. It is waiting well past our understanding with a mustard seed size of faith to a hope that overwhelms us and seems too unrealistic to expect or undertake. Yet something inside of refuses to quit. Will you meet me in this place Lord? Or is this just part of the test? When I pass it, then will you come to renew and restore me like you promised? When will the weary find rest and replenishment?
Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Hold on? Those who wait on the Lord SHALL (plan to, intend to, expect to) renew their strength. Is it always up to the Lord to give us new strength? Do we as human beings inhabited by the Holy Spirit have the ability to produce renewal from the inside out? If so, then how? Why must we wait on the Lord? What does patience have to do with anything if Christ lives in me? Good question.
Matthew 9:35-37 (NKJV) Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.
Jesus was moved with compassion for them because they were weary and scattered. Note – He healed every sickness and disease so this was not physical illnesses and imperfection. There were multitudes of weary people. I wonder if the weariness that Jesus saw was that of the people looking for the Messiah living in the valley of decision who were waiting for something or someone but couldn’t see that He was right there standing in front of them so they were scattered. The harvest is plenty. The laborers are few. Many people walk into church one way and leave just like they came. We must have compassion like Jesus and become mission minded. I can meet the physical needs of others simply by sharing what I have. It doesn’t require faith or trust just a change of heart. We can tell others how to walk in righteousness or we can take them by the hand and escort them to Jesus. Either way their walk does not impact my ability to seek and trust God on my own. Weariness is exhaustion produced by hard work. When we give our all to follow Jesus and seek His Presence in our life, even when the reward is not clearly evident or seems impossible, yet we continue to wait on the Lord it can and will produce weariness in our heart, mind, soul and body…with good reason.
James 1:2-4 (NKJV) My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Who celebrates hard times and trials in life? Not me. But it is totally possible to have joy and find praise in our heart during the rough spots and overwhelming trials that occur in our life. We must dig in even when our legs are shaky along with our hearts. Even when my hands struggle to find strength to worship the Lord, I must find a way to do it anyway. My faith is strong but my body weak. My heart beats for the Lord, but my weary soul is not rejoicing. I must find my praise in this position more so than the rest. This is the birthplace of patience. The very thing that I need to be complete lacking nothing. Why? Why press on? Why dig deeper? What’s the point of wearing myself out for a promise that is whispered and the glimmer hope that I have found? “By your patience possess your souls.” (Luke 21:19)
Romans 15:5-6 (NKJV) Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We serve the God of Patience. He will grant us comfort if we decide to be like Him. As we grow in patience, there will be more grace in our life. When we cannot see His Way or find His Footsteps, His Grace meets us and takes hold of us pulling us closer to Him. Our pursuit in the Lord is to develop a lifelong relationship with the God of Love. Not only that, we are to be patient like Christ. (2 Thessalonians 3:5)
Hebrews 6:11-12 (NKJV) And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Do you desire the promises of God to come to pass in your life? Patience is a requirement although it makes us weary. Attached to the full assurance of hop that what we desire will come to pass in the end, we decide to hang on. We must be very, very careful not to become sluggish or weary in doing good. (Galatians 6:8-10) As believers who desire God’s Will and Perfect Plan, we must have our heart and mind set yielding to the Holy Spirit for His Holy Inhabitation and commit to mold and shape us into who we were called and created to be.
2 Samuel 17:1-3 (NKJV) Moreover Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Now let me choose twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue David tonight. I will come upon him while he is weary and weak, and make him afraid. And all the people who are with him will flee, and I will strike only the king. Then I will bring back all the people to you. When all return except the man whom you seek, all the people will be at peace.”
Ahithophel had a good plan. David had an even Greater God. Knowing that his army could not overtake David and his mighty men in hand-to-hand combat, he devised a plan to overtake them when they were weak and weary. Friend, the enemy has a target on your back as a born-again believer who is striving to live in His Love and produce His Patience. He is coming for you! Weariness produces weakness and vulnerability that the enemy is keenly tuned into especially if you are always griping and complaining about it. The Lord protected David and his men from the attack. Esau gave up his birthright and inheritance for one meal. He grew weak and weary and when he smelled the good food desiring natural satisfaction and immediate gratification – he forfeited his future. (Genesis 25:29-34; Hebrews 12:16-17)
Galatians 6:8-10 (NKJV) For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Let us not grow weary while doing good for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Are you disheartened today? Fighting the good fight, but it seems to be falling short? I am right there with you. One of David’s mighty men was a warrior named Eleazar. (II Samuel 23:9-10) Going to battle, he had the Israelite army with him. Once engaged, they retreated but Elezar arose and attacked the Philistine giants until his hand was weary and his hand stuck to the sword. The Lord brought him victory. Why? He did not give up. He did not give in. He became weary and kept swinging. Do not put down your sword. Do not drop that shield of faith. Do not leave behind the belt of truth or breastplate called righteousness. You have been called to fight of your faith so do it.
Jacob wrestled with an angel. The angel struck his hip when Jacob’s persistent nature refused to let go. Why would the Lord do such a thing? Jacob wanted the blessing so He refused to let go. The Lord wanted to fill his life with grace.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NKJV) Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Weariness produces weakness. God’s Power works best in my complete and utter inability. When I cannot do another thing, speak another word or even attempt to wait any longer. I am filled with the sufficiency of God’s Grace. Patience leads to possession of our soul. We must learn to wait on the Lord even when we are weary. To embrace our weaknesses as the birthplace of faith that allows our soul to prosper in God’s Grace. Stop beating yourself up because you are weak or weary but understand that you are positioned for His Grace and Glory to rise up from within you. We have a measure of faith that we are born with. When that seed begins to grow, other things must give way. Things like impatience and agitation, etc. Jacob’s persistence paid off but it came at a price physically. Oh how I understand this all too well. That thing that broke you is a blessing in disguise because when you finally were empty – God was able to fill you up again.
I Timothy 6:11-112 (NKJV) But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
Keeping swinging that sword today, no matter how tired you have become. If you are weak and weary allow the Lord to fill you with His Grace and Love by yielding it to him fully. We must pursue godliness, faith, love, PATIENCE, and gentleness in every endeavor. We cannot and must not give up in the good fight of faith but consistently and persistent fight harder for new levels and depths of God’s Grace, Love and Mercy. We must hold tight to the eternity with full assurance that God will do exactly as He promised accepting the Grace of God through Jesus Christ more and more. To say, I can’t but God can rather than grumbling and complaining all the time is important. I am weary today. There are some things that I just do not understand. Nevertheless, the Lord has promised to satiate (my) weary soul and replenish (my) sorrowful soul as well. To admit weakness allows the sufficiency of God’s Grace to restore us right where we are if nothing immediately changes. Our soul is safe and secure in the Lord. Breathe deep today. Talk to the Lord. Stir up the Holy Spirit to produce those fruits that nourish our soul and satisfies our thirst for more of Him. Do not give up when you are tired. Do not give in when you are weary. Press on in the Name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Philippians 3:12-14 (NKJV) Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.