Weary 4/20/20

“Be not weary in well doing.” (II Thessalonians 3:13)

In our Christian walk, there are times when we get weary. Sometimes it is an overwhelming weariness, a bone-tired weariness. Frequently, this can be accompanied by a spiritual heaviness. There is a sense of a weight, of a burden. Energy, motivation, joy all seem to be drained away.

And we hear Paul’s words, “Be not weary in well doing.” But I am weary, Lord. The well is dry. No ideas. No inspiration. No vision. How do I get through this? “Pray.” But I don’t feel like praying. Christ says, “Come to me and pour out your heart. Come into my presence, and we’ll sort things out.”

Lord, I can’t do this. I’m tired. I don’t see Your light. I don’t feel Your presence. “I know you can’t do this. I am the vine and you are a branch. Without Me you can do nothing. Rest in Me, and the Holy Spirit will feed you, strengthen you. Are you trying to do this for Me or for yourself? Are your eyes looking on Me, or are they focused on you?”

He sends me to His word, and I read His promises. “I will never leave you or forsake you.” “Rejoice in the Lord.” His goodness and love fill my heart. I rejoice in Christ my Creator, my Savior, my Lord. My soul is flooded with joy as I look on Him, as I meditate on what He has done for me. The words of an old hymn echo through my mind: “I gave My life for thee, My precious blood I shed, That thou might’st ransomed be, And quickened from the dead. I gave, I gave My life for thee, What hast thou given for Me?”

My eyes turn away from me, away from my weariness, and they look upon the risen Lord. Through the shadows, through the darkness His hand reaches out to me, and He takes my hand. I follow Him into His light, and He leads me beside the still waters. “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary.”

“Come unto Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Be strong in the Lord. With your eyes on Him, be not weary in well doing. Amen.

Pastor Mike

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