Weariness

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There are times when you just feel weary.

Weariness a runner feels after running hard and the finish line is not in sight.

Weariness a soldier feels when the battle goes on and on and the victory is not sure.

Weariness we feel when we have trusted God for an answer that hasn’t come.

It’s more than physical weariness. It is fatigue that affects  you emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. That leads to discouragement, discouragement that leads to doubt, doubt that left unchecked can lead us to a complete loss of and absence of hope. A reluctance to experience any more. Despair.

Many of us have been in that place. The place where despite our prayers and what we know to be true we are not sure if it will turn out OK, if our prayers will be answered and ultimately leads us to doubt God. I do not believe God is surprised by this or that He is angry or disappointed when it happens. In what would seem to be a contradiction it is in these times when our faith or trust is at its weakest God is most willing to help us.

“Lord I believe. help me with my unbelief” Mark 9:24

In this story a father brings his young son who is possessed by an unclean spirit to Jesus. He tells Jesus about his son and asks “can you help us?” I can almost feel the pain and the discouragement this father feels as he asks this question. Everything he has tried, even the prayers of the disciples has failed to bring any relief to his son. “I have tried everything” he cries. “If there is anything you can do please have pity on us and help us”.*

Jesus asks, What do you mean, “If there is anything?” All things are possible if only you believe. The man replies in desperation “I believe Lord.  Help me to believe. Lord help me believe what I struggle to believe”* and despite his lack of faith the spirit is cast out by Jesus, the boy is free

Consider for a moment what the apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 1:8

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.*

This is the same Paul who had a personal encounter with Jesus, who performed miracles, helped lay the foundation for the church that we all benefit from today, Paul who wrote much of the New Testament and he is saying “we were under great pressure in Asia, utterly at a loss .” We thought we were toast.

I believe Paul wanted us to know that even though they were spiritual leaders they were not immune to despair or the feeling of uncertainty, doubt, discouragement in the midst of trouble. He is saying “We had one of those times in Asia where we felt overwhelmed, in over our heads to the point we were ready to give up and accept what we felt was imminent.”

Death.

But in the following verse Paul writes this: “We told ourselves that this was the end. Yet we believe now that we had this experience of coming to the end of our tether (rope) that we might learn to trust, not in ourselves, but in God who can raise the dead”.**

In this story and in the story of the little boy we see God who meets us where we are and provides what we need. And in this we are taught the one thing we do need. Trust in God.

For the man who didn’t have the faith to believe, despite this God does what no one else could and sets the little boy free. Trust in God.

For Paul and his companions who were certain they would die God who can raise the dead  delivers them from death. Trust in God.

For us when we come to the place where we don’t know if we can finish the race, if we will win the battle, if we can stand, God helps us to trust not in ourselves but to, Trust in God.

Weariness, doubt, discouragement, even despair will come from time to time. In his sermon this week my pastor said ” There are times we when we have to focus on the good and not allow ourselves to be distracted by the bad.  We have to get a hold of ourselves and focus on what God has done.”

There are four things he suggested that will help us to do this

  1.  Remember God is in control Romans 8:28
  2. Remember God has promised us victory Romans 8:37 2 Corinthians 2:14
  3. Remember we are to be an influence for Christ 2 Corinthians 2:15
  4. Remember God has empowered us for life and ministry                                                       1 Corinthians 15:57 2 Corinthians 3:5

 

These are additional scriptures for avoiding weariness. A little encouragement for the journey!

Hebrews 12:2

Isaiah 40:29-31

Ephesians 6:10-11

Psalm 121:1-2

I look up at the vast size of the mountains—
from where will my help come in times of trouble?
The Eternal Creator of heaven and earth and these mountains
will send the help I need.*

  •  *copyright-The Voice Bible
  • **copyright-J.B. Phillips “The New Testament in Modern English”

 

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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4 Responses to Weariness

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  2. ptl2010 says:

    Praise God we have God and one another for encouragement in dark and shadowy times:
    Hebrews 12:11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. 12Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, 13and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.

  3. …as in your bio – we all have our stories – we all are part of a very large story and like Paul and unlike him I’m sure – we all should be telling our stories – they are sad, happy, beautiful stories and yes, some days there is weariness and even despair – and yes God is standing right beside us waiting for us to look up from “our head on the desk” positions….Lovely….

  4. futuret says:

    EVIL AS A MAJOR CAUSE OF WEARINESS IN ANY CIVILIZATION, AND IT DEFINITELY IS IN OURS, WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW:

    http://www.usanewsfirst.com/2012/06/03/flashback-93-senators-vote-for-sodomy-and-bestiality-and-to-remove-due-process-in-ndaa/#sthash.4UWygqR2.UDhb7e0P.dpbs

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