“For I satisfy the weary ones and refresh everyone who languishes.” Jeremiah 31:25, NASU
Several images come to mind when I consider those who have become weary, from war, from natural and spiritual battles of all sorts, from the daily grind that many experience, day in and day out.
I remember those days myself of just doing the daily 35-mile daily commute to the everyday office job, maneuvering on the city’s center three-lane interstate, becoming weary of the rushing cars, speeding semi-trucks, and weaving motorcycles. It wears me out still thinking of those who still do that. Plus, so much more each day once they get to the 9-hour desk job. (Thank God that many now can work from home in these crazy days of shutdown, lockdown, takedown…)
War movies depict vividly the weariness that comes from taking ground, and then holding it, as the valiant men and women fought to overcome the enemies of the nations. Several scenes in particular I remember are from War Horse (2011, Steven Spielberg) with the British men entrenched, day in and day out, hardly advancing at all, and yet holding ground in the rain, the mud, the freezing temperatures of winter, until the orders came to go forward with all that they had.
The Rocky movies, beginning in 1976 on through 2018, enduring the 12 rounds in the boxing ring, with the two men continually hitting and beating on each other, until the final bell rang, and the champion’s exhausted arm was lifted high. Just seeing all 8 of those movies (as of today, with possibly two more in the making) can wear you out!
Spiritually, we can each get very weary as we fight on in the ongoing, persistent faith walk and daily prayer, while doing good for those around us. We strive to press on to uphold the Word of the Lord in a climate where all that is right, just, and good is being continually questioned and fought against, with rioting and created chaos, while tearing down the very foundations of our country and that which had been established long ago by the sweat, tears, and laying down of lives that have gone before us, for that which we have thus far so enjoyed and experienced.
We can find encouragement in Scripture, the very foundation that our God says will never be removed, nor destroyed, nor overcome by the wickedness and evil that surrounds our souls daily. Even as these verses speak of our Messiah, our Savior, the Lord Jesus, Yeshua, we can gain strength as we know He Himself endured so much on our behalf, and is the One Who has gone on before us, to encourage and sustain us in these days.
“The Lord God has given Me the tongue of disciples, that I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning; He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple. The Lord God has opened My ear; and I was not disobedient nor did I turn back.
I gave My back to those who strike Me, and My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting. For the Lord God helps Me, therefore, I am not disgraced; therefore, I have set My face like flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed.” Isaiah 50:4-7, NASU
The battle is the Lord’s. He promises grace, empowerment, and understanding to keep warring against the enemy of our souls, and the fight that we are called to keep doing until He returns.
Paul wrote to Timothy, his son in the faith, to not give up, but to keep on keeping on, for the end, the ultimate victory, is ours in and through our Lord Jesus Christ.
“Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which He will bring about at the proper time — He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.” 1 Timothy 6:12-16, NASU
Though we become weary, we find renewed grace and strength to keep pushing on, holding the line, and advancing when the Commander gives the order. Because He has won victory over sin and death, we too can and will do so in our lives.
We serve the Almighty God. Let us never forget that He is the One who continues to uplift, uphold, and carry us on.
Be encouraged today, and keep fixing your eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin, Love For His People Founder/President
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Time To Act #25 – in the year of our Lord 9.17.2020 – “Weariness” Thursday, 6:50 am in Charlotte, NC USA