Beloved,

The word “weary” has come up a lot lately in our Bible discussions at church.   It is a word found 42 times in the English Standard Version. The Old Testament word carries a range of meanings including faint, weak, heavy, exhausted, and thirsty. In the New Testament the range is to lose ones motivation to complete a certain goal, to lose heart , to become discouraged, to be worn out – exhausted, to become a coward, and to faint or be faint-hearted.

It is not out of the realm of imagination that all of us who are serious about our walk with the Lord has faced this reality in our own lives and it took a toll on our walk with Him. We if we are not careful can become lazy and faint-hearted  because it can be really, really hard to follow our Savior at times.

We are exhausted and tired because of life itself.  We go to bed tired and we wake up tired.

My friends we desperately need to find the discipline to take care of ourselves better.  Perhaps by actually taking a day of rest!  How unique would that be?  I really don’t think it is a sin to take a nap every once in a while.  Like working hard to go to bed at a decent time on Saturday night so as to be refreshed and alert for corporate worship Sunday.

There are all kinds of reasons why we get weary in our walk with the Lord, besides it just being difficult.  Dealing with people’s hassles and stresses at work and at church.  And let’s be real honest dealing with our flesh, the world, the devil and our own rebellious sin can be major reasons for our weariness.

Weariness sucks the joy right out of our lives!  The joy that comes with our salvation and  co-laboring with Him and His church in serving the gospel.

Now the good news is that Christ is our example, God encourages us to  “Consider Him who endured from sinners such hostility against Himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.” Heb.12:3.   Jesus challenges us, “Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  Matt. 11:28-30.

We need to understand, deeply, that our soul will find rest only in God (Psalms 62:1). That if we will slow down and trust the Lord He will give us strength and power to serve Him and keep us refreshed.  We need to believe that He never grows weary or faint. Hear what Isaiah says   “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for 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.” (Isaiah 40:29–31, ESV)   And what the Apostle Paul said,  “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9, ESV)

May God keep us renewed and refreshed so that we may continue to glorify Him in all things and ways in and of our lives! Our great God and  Savior is indeed worthy!

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

(1 Corinthians 15:58, ESV)

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