Christians, at times, can be overwhelmed by their circumstances. Christianity does not keep us from trials. In fact, we can count on experiencing trials because it is at that time that we grow closer to the Lord! We can see His hand of mercy and His grace throughout the trial!
Distraction is a good tool to take our eyes off our circumstances. The more we dwell on our trial, the more apt we are to yield to weariness. We all experience weariness from time to time. However, it’s what we do with weariness that can make or break us. Some trials can last a lifetime, like chronic illness, but the remedy is the same.
~Galatians 6:9-10 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
What a wonderful cure for weariness. Paul exhorts us not to be weary in well doing. Notice that he also encourages us and says that if we do not faint we will reap. I don’t think Paul meant the actual “passing out type of fainting” here. I believe he meant “weak and exhausted.” I’ve been there, haven’t you? Exhausted from my trials to a point where I ask myself, “What’s the use in even trying?”. This is where I must take my eyes off myself and focus on others.
The remedy lies in verse 10 of Galatians 6. Every opportunity we have to do something good for someone else, especially other believers, actually applies a sweet salve to our weariness. The more we apply this balm of healing, the weariness will disappear.
Our trials may not go away but the joy we receive from doing something for others will take our hearts and minds off our circumstances. Before we know it, we’ll see God’s grace in our lives – we’ll see that we are able to deal with the trial much better than before!
It’s amazing how much the Lord loves us and desires to help us through our trials. He provides answers in His Word to help us!
The picture above was taken by Carol Meyers and used here with her permission. She has traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world and has captured so many pictures which depict peace and tranquility. Thank you, Carol, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!