Being Weary (Part II)

Why do you say, O Jacob,
And speak, O Israel:
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
And my just claim is passed over by my God”?
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. Isaiah 40:27-31

From time to time, God’s people come to the point of weariness. There are times in life that one may feel like an opportunity or a dream has been passed over. People may wonder if God has forgotten them and if they will ever have a breakthrough in an area of life. Some who grow weary, may give up and lose the dream. Others may grow sad and bitter about the loss of opportunities. 

Gideon said to Him, “O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.” Judges 6:13

Gideon was one of God’s people who had come to the point of weariness and despondency because of lack of change in his situation. He thought that God had forsaken the Israelites and that there was no hope left for them.

In times of weariness, people can create a wrong perception of the Lord and His intentions. They equate unpleasant circumstances with God not caring about them or forsaking them. One of the byproducts of weariness is that it causes man to stop coming up with ideas on how to fix a situation. Weariness is an opportunity to crucify the flesh. It is like fasting for the soul. Finally, the mind, will, and emotions run out of energy and zeal. Weariness is the place for spirit man to become hungry and thirsty for God. We don’t go to the Lord with our long list of what we want Him to do for us. Instead, we just cry out to God and ask Him for help because we are in desperate need of Him.

The above passage in the book of Isaiah tells us that weariness can happen to anyone. Even the youth can grow weary and lose their energy and zeal. However, the good news is that God will renew the strength of those who wait for Him. He allows them to rise up out of their situations and begin to run and walk again. 

When Gideon was in hiding,  the angel showed up and called him, “man of valor”. Not only Gideon did not see himself as a man of strength, but he also saw himself very small and invaluable. However, God had not forgotten about Gideon or the Israelites. The clouds in their lives finally parted, the sun rose again, and new hope was birth because God came to change their situation.

The Lord knows His children will grow weary from time to time, but if we wait for the Lord and remain in Him, He will eventually come with restoration, rejuvenation, and new strength. He will allow His people to soar again. Instead of focusing on weariness, focus on the God who is willing and able to change your situation. Keep looking to Him, and He will begin to change your outlook on your situation. His mercies are new every morning. He has something special in store for you as you patiently wait on Him and rest in Him.

 

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