August 29, 2014

come to me all who are weary

Weariness. It’s a word that vibrates through our being when we hear it. It makes us think of long dragging hours when we cannot find the strength to move, when our minds turn blank and our eyes close heavily. It describes our surrender to Life’s challenges and frustrations. 

Satan takes advantage of our tiredness. He knows that our walls of fortitude have fallen and we are too weak to resist. “When you were weary and worn out, they met you on your journey and attacked all who were lagging behind; they had no fear of God.” –Deuteronomy 25:18

God doesn’t want that to happen; He offers us a constant, unwavering invitation to find rest in Him. Do we accept his invitation? Or do we shrug it off and say ‘I can handle this. I’m not tired.’ We try so hard to do things on our own, but all we end up doing is getting angry and spinning in circles until something trips us up. It’s humiliating and exhausting. We hate it, yet we keep trying with a dogged determination.  God spoke to this people, to whom he said, “This is the resting place, let the weary rest”; and, “This is the place of repose”—but they would not listen.” Isaiah 28:11-12
What if we accepted God’s beckoning call? Would the inward battling go away? Would the burden of exhaustion be lifted from our shoulders? Yes! God remains faithful to his promise and gives us the quiet strengthening peace that we ask for. He protects us; He surrounds us with His favor as with a shield. Not even Satan can reach us and runs away defeated! Weariness no longer hinders our soul and we soar on wings like eagles.
“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:30-31

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