fainting-280x1872 Cor. 4:16-18 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

When I look at this picture, I can truly say that I’ve been there – at the end of my spiritual rope – looking at life’s circumstances and losing trust in my Saviour. It’s hard to admit but I doubt very much that I am alone in the Christian world. Times got hard – my eyes looked at my circumstances instead of looking to Christ, the Author and Finisher of my faith.

Heb. 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

He was there at the beginning of my faith – after all, it was His death – His blood that covered my horrible sin!  He was there when I first believed and He is there through His Holy Spirit every minute of my life.  It is when I take my eyes of Him and place them on my circumstances that I begin to stumble. I get weary and then I faint along my spiritual path.

Why do we do this to ourselves? It’s so much easier to simply keep our eyes on Christ and live day by day through His word. When we’re not in the word of God, we become weak and faint. God’s words are fuel for the day … get fueled up for your day, Christian. READ … be encouraged … be convicted to the point of repentance … live day by day in Christ!

Weariness … when does it begin? How do we get ourselves in this state? It is when I am thoroughly absorbed with myself that I fail to remember what the Lord has taught me in His word. I use to think back on my difficult circumstances and only recall the negative details. I wouldn’t try to recall the good that came out of that trial. I find that I am not alone in this. Why is that?

I truly believe my problem resulted because I did not praise God enough for carrying me through my difficulties. The Scriptures say to be thankful in all things – (1 Thessalonians 5:18) that includes hardships as well as blessings.

The phrase, giving thanks, appears five times in God’s word. I find that interesting – we reap God’s grace when we give thanks to Him for all things in our lives – whether good or bad. It’s all in our attitude. I once heard a message called “The attitude of gratitude.” It surely does apply in today’s devotional.

~Ezra 3:11 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.

~Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

~Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

~Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

~Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

Once I learned to thank God for everything that was happening to me (good or bad), I became less absorbed with the details. I was able to rest in the Lord knowing that He was in control. This held especially true when my husband was diagnosed with colon cancer.

I remembered that God brought me through my previous difficulties and He would do it again. I would think of Him first as soon as I grew weary again. David is truly my mentor when it comes to growing weary as a Christian. David wasn’t exempt from weariness – in fact, he openly admitted it and wrote about it. As a writer, I find myself better able to cope with my weariness when I am able to put my thoughts on paper. It is as if the Lord speaks to me and walks beside me down this path.

~Psalm 6:6-9 I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears. (6) Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies. (7) Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping. ( 8 ) The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer. (9)

David’s bed was covered with tears – not just a few, but covered. I’ve been there, haven’t you? There doesn’t seem to be an answer to my problem. In fact, I know for a fact there isn’t an earthly solution. However, I know that God has the solution. It may not be the answer I want but it will be the solution I need. God’s solution may not even take away my problem. However, as I meditate in His word, I come to realize that my Heavenly Father will give me the ability and energy to deal with my situation.

Our weariness has an end to it my friend, if we allow the Lord to do the healing.

~Psalm 30:5 … weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

The first thing I tend to do when I grow weary is to withdraw from the world. I tell myself that no one wants to be around sadness so I keep it to myself. David felt this way, also, but he did the exact opposite.

~Psalm 42:4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.

When you are weary, dear friend, do not withdraw!  Withdrawing is exactly what the devil would have you to do. When you do, he can keep you in his grip. He can keep you down in the Slough of Despond, as Christian in Pilgrim’s Progress. The devil does not play fair. (1 Peter 5:8) He knows how to create an ineffective Christian and that is to keep that Christian preoccupied with trials and tribulations. But the Lord has made us spiritually whole – He has given us eternal life. The Lord has given us victory over this trial, as long as we trust in Him and allow Him to be in control. We cannot sit idly by and wallow in self pity. We must arise as Aeneas did in the Book of Acts and make our bed.

~Acts 9:34 And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.

Just as Jesus Christ made Aeneas whole, so does Christ make us whole, spiritually. Just as Aeneas arose immediately and put action to his healing, so must we. We must put action to our spiritual walk. You cannot walk and be still… you must move forward. Move forward, dear Christian. When you are weary, thank the Lord for the circumstances in your life. Know that He will bring you through and give you just the right amount of grace you need to carry on.

Keep going – Press forward!

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!

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~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.

In one of my Bible studies, we were challenged to live out the meaning of these verses, starting at home! As we practice doing good and esteeming those in our home more than ourselves, joy enters our hearts and helps us to take our eyes off the discouraging circumstances around us.

This is wonderful therapy for the dear Christian who is weary. I speak for myself, and surely I cannot be the only one, when I say that the longer my eyes and thoughts are focused on the hardships of my life, the less they are focused on Christ and His ministry of love and reconciliation. Why would an unbeliever want Christ if he observes me in my discouraged state? Why would an unbeliever want my Jesus if he observes me being grumpy to my own family? An unbeliever would want my Jesus if I were displaying the Lord’s qualities.

Yes, it is work to become selfless. It’s not easy esteeming another better than myself! But the word of God tells us to. (Philippians 2:3) My natural man within me wants everything to be about me! But it’s not all about me! It’s ALL about Jesus Christ! If we are Christians, we should have this same selfless heart every day. And, as Paul points out, we should have this generous heart especially toward other believers!

May I challenge you today to stop focusing on your day-to-day circumstances and start focusing on Christ’s purpose for us? Find someone in need and take action, Christian! Those in need are all around us. Every day I hear of someone committing suicide, or their house has burned down – such devastating circumstances! Let’s have an impact by starting in our own family. Then reach out – stretch your arms as Christ would have you to do and touch a heart in need today!

Do one thing every single day that will impact someone’s life – even if it is simply a phone call or card – there is a heart in need of encouraging somewhere!!!

3137502_f260Weariness can rear its ugly head in different forms. Sometimes we feel as though not a soul cares about what we are going through. At times, we feel as though we are totally alone, even though we have family and friends all around us!

Since the Holy Spirit resides within the born-again believer, then we are never alone!

Verses to Encourage

These verses totally blessed me! They are necter for the weary!

But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed theeI have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. ~Isaiah 43:1

And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. ~Exodus 33:14

He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. ~Psalm 112:7

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. ~Psalm 32:8

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. ~Matthew 11:28

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. ~John 14:27

Granted, you may not be feeling afraid. But weariness can bring about fear if you allow it to progress.

When we wallow in the Slough of Despond, we allow ole slew foot an opportunity to discourage us further. Don’t let your thoughts wander where the devil would have you.

Instead, encourage your spirit in the Word and know that God sees you, He knows your needs, He has called you by name and has pormised to guide you with His eye!

2 Corinthians 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Weariness can sometimes come from our own personal sin. God does not impute our trespasses unto us! What a wonderful thought!

Noah Webster defines “imputing” as:

Charging to the account of; attributing; ascribing.

Strong’s defines it as:

G3049
λογίζομαι
logizomai
log-id’-zom-ahee
Middle voice from G3056; to take an inventory, that is, estimate (literally or figuratively): – conclude, (ac-) count (of), + despise, esteem, impute, lay, number, reason, reckon, suppose, think (on).

***Sigh*** This is such a conviction to me! God does not charge my sin to my account. Not only that, He doesn’t even take an inventory of my sin.

I cannot say that I have followed God’s leading in this area. How many times have I been miserable within because I could not forget a trespass against me. God has used this to prick my heart and show me that I cannot move forward in my spiritual walk unless I follow His pattern.

When we do not heed to the Holy Spirit’s convictions, it is as if our feet are planted in mud. At first, it is slightly difficult to walk in mud. However, as our feet become more and more covered in the mud, we find it is harder and harder to pull our feet out and move forward due to the weight we’ve accumulated. This is a wonderful analogy … the result of heavy weighted mud is the same result as when we harbor ill feelings toward another.

Hebrews 12:14-15 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: (14) Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; (15)

When I am at peace with all men, I can’t harbor grudges or ill feelings. I cannot push forward for the Lord when my heart is in this state. If I succumb to this sin, I only fill my spirit with exactly what the devil wants. If I dwell in this state long enough, I will become weary. I will become self absorbed.  I will have my eyes on me and not on the Lord. This is not what God wants for me.

I am to be as He is. I am to be molded into His likeness by allowing the Holy Spirit to work in my life. As I submit to the Holy Spirit’s leading, I become more Christ-like in my nature. In turn, I will treat those who have offended me in the same manner as God treats me. I will forgive them – I won’t hold their offense against them – I will not keep an inventory of what they have done! Since God does not take an inventory of my sin, nor does He charge my account or remember my sins, why should I?!

If you are experiencing weariness, take spiritual inventory of your walk and be sure to remove this sin from your life so you can be free from its bondage.  Weariness can become burden – it can place you under bondage.  Forsake it and let the Holy Spirit heal you and bring you sweet peace!

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!

Weariness … when does it begin? How do we get ourselves in this state? It is when I am thoroughly absorbed with myself that I fail to remember what the Lord has taught me in His word. I use to think back on my difficult circumstances and only recall the negative details. I wouldn’t try to recall the good that came out of that trial. I find that I am not alone in this. Why is that?

I truly believe my problem resulted because I did not praise God enough for carrying me through my difficulties. The Scriptures say to be thankful in all things – (1 Thessalonians 5:18) that includes hardships as well as blessings.

The phrase, giving thanks, appears five times in God’s word. I find that interesting – we reap God’s grace when we give thanks to Him for all things in our lives – whether good or bad. It’s all in our attitude. I once heard a message called “The attitude of gratitude.” It surely does apply in today’s devotional.

~Ezra 3:11 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.

~Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

~Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

~Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

~Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

Once I learned to thank God for everything that was happening to me (good or bad), I became less absorbed with the details. I was able to rest in the Lord knowing that He was in control. This held especially true when my husband was diagnosed with colon cancer.

I remembered that God brought me through my previous difficulties and He would do it again. I would think of Him first as soon as I grew weary again. David is truly my mentor when it comes to growing weary as a Christian. David wasn’t exempt from weariness – in fact, he openly admitted it and wrote about it. As a writer, I find myself better able to cope with my weariness when I am able to put my thoughts on paper. It is as if the Lord speaks to me and walks beside me down this path.

~Psalm 6:6-9 I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears. (6) Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies. (7) Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping. ( 8 ) The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer. (9)

David’s bed was covered with tears – not just a few, but covered. I’ve been there, haven’t you? There doesn’t seem to be an answer to my problem. In fact, I know for a fact there isn’t an earthly solution. However, I know that God has the solution. It may not be the answer I want but it will be the solution I need. God’s solution may not even take away my problem. However, as I meditate in His word, I come to realize that my Heavenly Father will give me the ability and energy to deal with my situation.

Our weariness has an end to it my friend, if we allow the Lord to do the healing.

~Psalm 30:5 … weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

The first thing I tend to do when I grow weary is to withdraw from the world. I tell myself that no one wants to be around sadness so I keep it to myself. David felt this way, also, but he did the exact opposite.

~Psalm 42:4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.

When you are weary, dear friend, do not withdraw!  Withdrawing is exactly what the devil would have you to do. When you do, he can keep you in his grip. He can keep you down in the Slough of Despond, as Christian in Pilgrim’s Progress. The devil does not play fair. (1 Peter 5:8) He knows how to create an ineffective Christian and that is to keep that Christian preoccupied with trials and tribulations. But the Lord has made us spiritually whole – He has given us eternal life. The Lord has given us victory over this trial, as long as we trust in Him and allow Him to be in control. We cannot sit idly by and wallow in self pity. We must arise as Aeneas did in the Book of Acts and make our bed.

~Acts 9:34 And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.

Just as Jesus Christ made Aeneas whole, so does Christ make us whole, spiritually. Just as Aeneas arose immediately and put action to his healing, so must we. We must put action to our spiritual walk. You cannot walk and be still… you must move forward. Move forward, dear Christian. When you are weary, thank the Lord for the circumstances in your life. Know that He will bring you through and give you just the right amount of grace you need to carry on.

Keep going – Press forward!

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!

 

~Jude 20-23 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, (20) Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (21) And of some have compassion, making a difference: (22)

Weariness does not occur overnight. It is a compilation of day-to-day hardships and stresses that grow from a little to almost overwhelming us.

Jude encourages us to build ourselves in our faith praying in the Holy Spirit. Many times we think we know God’s will but we do not pray seeking His will. Jude assures us that our faith will be built as we pray in the Spirit seeking the will of the Father.  This isn’t some “cosmic” experience.  Since the believer has the Holy Spirit residing within him, the believer must be sensitive to God’s direction as He leads us.  Bible reading, praying, studying the word of God are all ways that the Spirit uses to communicate.  This is a simple and basic example but it makes a point:  Let’s say you’re praying for God to provide you with a Cadillac.  God knows you need a car.  So the Holy Spirit communicates to the Father exactly what you really do need.  So the Father provides you with a car that’s more in line with your finances 🙂  I know it’s simple but it conveys how the Holy Spirit intercedes for us to our Heavenly Father.

God’s love came to us with great mercy. We do not deserve His love but He gives it to us freely. As much as we are sinners, God loves us despite of this and offered His Son.  (Romans 5:8) Could you do that for someone you did not even know? More importantly, could you do that for someone you did not even like? Mercy is love in action and, therefore, if we have mercy on the unlovable, we keep ourselves in the center of God’s love.  (Matthew 25:40)

It is one thing to have compassion for someone, but when that compassion has feet attached to it, it becomes compassion that makes a difference. You can see someone who needs help and feel compassion. However, Jude says to have compassion which makes a difference in someone’s life – which means when you see someone in need of help, you are the one that helps.

As a result of working with these building blocks, the believer is concentrating on someone else. The weary believer now has his eyes on another and not on himself. What a wonderful balm to place on a weary heart!

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!


~Psalm 120:1 A Song of degrees. In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.

This verse encourages the believer that despite our weariness, we can know that when we cry out to the Lord, He will hear us!

The Christian is not alone, even in the darkest of situations.

~Psalm 139:7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

No matter how discouraged or weary we get, the Lord is always there – He knows what we are going through – He promises to hear our cries and provide us with exactly what we need to make it through our trial. He will lift us up in times when we are overwhelmed by life. At times He even carries us through.

Some of you are battling cancer; some are battling chronic illnesses; and others are battling broken homes. You are not alone! Do not be weary. Know that your Heavenly Father will never leave you.

~Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

I am always encouraged when I know that I am not alone and that there is someone to share my burden with. The Lord desires to carry our burdens for us – He desires that we turn to Him when we are at the end of our rope.

~Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Our Lord and Saviour promises us rest from our burdens and cares. Christian, turn to the only One who can truly help you when you are weary. Don’t give in to Satan’s attempts to drag you down. Don’t give in to his lies that God does not hear you.

~Psalm 121:1 A Song of degrees. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

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!

The Christian has the wonderful privilege of always being able to see the blessed “light at the end of the tunnel” because we know the One who sees everything. However, a weary Christian becomes entangled with the cares of this world and his vision becomes cloudy.

Imagine having a bird’s eye view of a 100-car train. The bird can see the engine and the bird can also look further down to see the caboose. From this vantage point, the bird can see any trouble up ahead.

Now if you were riding in one of the cars and you were looking out the window, would you be able to see several cars forward? Would you be able to see what is happening several cars behind you? No, you could only see what is closest to you.

I believe our lives are quite similar to a train. We tend to remember what has happened to us recently but fail to remember how the Lord has helped us a few years ago when things were pretty rough. We also cannot see what lies ahead because no man knows the future, of course. However, my friend, our Creator can see the entire 100-car train just as He sees your entire life. He not only sees the engine or the caboose, but He sees every single car in between. Each car carries its own treasure – each car carries its own burden – each car carries its own set of problems. The Lord sees them all!

Furthermore, the fact that our Shepherd sees each car and what it has in store for us, He knows exactly what we need along the way. No matter how fast or slow our train is moving, the Lord is there along the way, ready to give us the right measure of grace we need to make it through. There is nothing in those cars so frightful that He is not aware of it. There is nothing in those cars so burdensome that He will not sustain you. There is nothing so tempting in those cars that He will not provide a way of escape.

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. ~1 Corinthians 10:13

Therefore, don’t be weary in well doing. Don’t worry about whether or not your work for the Lord will amount to your expectations or not. There is no need because He knows what is in store for you around the bend. The Lord sees the big picture (the whole train) and knows the outcome. He stands ready to provide you with exactly what you need at the time you need it.

~Luke 12:29-31 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. (29) For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. (30) But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. (31)

Christ wants us to continue with our spiritual walk – reading, praying, seeking after His will, doing His work, being a blessing to others – and leave the conducting to Him. He is our Great Train Conductor and He never sleeps 🙂

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. ~Psalm 121:3

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!

Weariness can rear its ugly head in different forms. Sometimes we feel as though no one cares about what we are going through. At times, we feel as though we are totally alone, even though we have family and friends all around us! Since the Holy Spirit resides within the born-again believer, then we are never alone!

These verses totally blessed me! They are necter for the weary! At any time, we can turn to God’s word and be refreshed:

But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. ~Isaiah 43:1

And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. ~Exodus 33:14

He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. ~Psalm 112:7

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. ~Psalm 32:8

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. ~Matthew 11:28

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. ~John 14:27

Granted, you may not be feeling afraid. But weariness can bring about fear if you allow it to progress. When we wallow in the Slough of Despond, we allow ole slew foot an opportunity to discourage us further. Don’t let your thoughts wander where the devil would have you. Instead, encourage your spirit in the Scriptures and know that God sees you, He knows your needs, He has called you by name and has pormised to guide you with His eye!

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!

Do you find yourself feeling as though all the work you are doing for the Lord just does not seem appreciated – or even of benefit? You strive to help others but they just ignore your help. People take advantage of you and you feel used. You seem to have reached your limit and you are weary of well doing. You are not alone, dear Christian. We all reach that point at some time or another. It is important that you recognize the signs and nip them in the bud before the weariness overtakes you.

Noah Webster defines weary as:

WEARY, a.

1. Having the strength much exhausted by toil or violent exertion; tired; fatigued. [It should be observed however that this word expresses less than tired, particularly when applied to a beast; as a tired horse. It is followed by of, before the cause of fatigue; as, to be weary of marching; to be weary of reaping; to be weary of study.]

2. Having the patience exhausted, or the mind yielding to discouragement. He was weary of asking for redress.

3. Causing weariness; tiresome; as a weary way; a weary life.

If you were sick, you would take a day off from work and rest, wouldn’t you? Weariness can “snow ball” if it is not dealt with right away. It is at this time that we must break away from the hustle and bustle of this world and find a quiet place with the Lord. We need to refuel ourselves and get ourselves back on track.

I don’t know about you, but I feel most rewarded when I know that God is using me. I may not see the fruit of my labor but the Holy Spirit lets me know through His word or His still small voice that I am being used to help someone else.

~Psalm 61:2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

So what’s the remedy? Take a personal day off work and get away to a quiet place that you absolutely love. If you can’t afford an entire day, then purpose in your heart to get up early and take a few extra hours alone with God! Don’t just go into your study or bedroom. Get away from your familiar surroundings. A botanical gardens is always nice – or the woods – or a pond or lake where the ducks are swimming – or even at the top of a mountain where the vista takes your breath away! Take your Bible with you and have a “sit down” with God. It should be different from your usual prayer time and devotional time with Him. It should be special – just as special as the dates with your spouse!

Just as our cars need maintenance and fuel regularly, so do we! Daily Bible reading is good but this kind of “sit down” with the Lord is needful at times. It is especially needful if you are in full-time ministry and are on the go all the time. Those in full-time ministry are always so busy working for the Lord that everyone thinks they should always be on a “spiritual high” for their well doing. But that is not the case. Those are the people who get weary and must make time with their God and have a spiritual retreat regularly.

Spiritual retreats seemed to be the center of David’s life, in my opinion. He knew where to get his encouragement, didn’t he? Psalms is filled with beautiful verses depicting David’s needs being met because he sought his God!

~Psalm 119:15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.

David took the time to meditate in God’s word. Sometimes an outside stimulus can enhance our meditation time. For me, it is a quiet place in the woods! I hear the crickets and birds – the sound of a babbling brook – the breeze blowing through the trees and hearing the leaves rustle. All these things draw me closer to my Creator!

My friend, you are not alone in your work for the Master! He will be coming soon and our work here will be finished. Don’t grow weary. Encourage your spirit in the Scriptures and keep on keepin’ on!

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!

~Isaiah 40:28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

In the Old Testament times, people were not as blessed as we are today – to have God’s Word available at any given time! They had to depend on hearing God’s Word from their prophets and high priests. After hearing, they had to keep what they had heard in their hearts so they could pull from it when they needed refueling.

Isaiah exhorted them by trying to help them to remember what they had been taught. Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard? It’s as if he is trying to jolt their memories:

Come on, people! We’ve taught you this before. Why don’t you remember? Why don’t you draw from what you have been taught and encourage yourselves?

When the believer is weary, it’s so vital that he remember what God has taught him. When we look back at how God has been there for us in the past and what He has done to bring us through a particular trial, we feel encouraged that He will do it again!

Today’s verse points out that God is not man and He does NOT grow weary. God never tires of helping His child. He is NOT weary of helping you, dear Christian. We may grow tired of helping the immature believer because he does not seem to learn from his mistakes. But God is not like this at all. He is the ultimate Parent. He has perfect love, perfect patience and perfect mercy! This perfection is wrapped around the fact that He never gets tired. My friend, does this not encourage you?

~Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Our perfect God is wanting to to help us. He stands ready and He is waiting to renew the strength of the weary believer. When we allow Him to work in our lives, we are promised that He will renew our strength. Not only will He renew our strength, but He will do it in such a way that we will feel as though we are flying! We will come above our circumstances rather than be overwhelmed and covered by them.

God is not human and does not have the weaknesses that we have. His compassion allows Him to understand what we are going through. It is His perfect love that drives this compassion. Any parent can relate to this love and compassion. The love we have for our children is what motivates us when we discipline them – when we try to comfort them when they are hurt – when we try to teach them what is right.

God is perfect and, therefore, this perfection spills forth when He wants to encourage us. Isaiah captures this in Isaiah 40:31, doesn’t he? He says that in our weariness, if we wait upon God as He ministers to us through His Word, He SHALL renew our strength and we will be able to run (spiritually speaking) and not grow tired or faint. We will be able to go through our trial without falling apart. In fact, Isaiah takes it a step further and says that we will rise above our circumstances.

Friend, our weariness can be compared directly to the amount of time in the Word. The Lord promises to renew our strength in time of weariness. The wearier we are, the more we need the Word to cleanse us – to encourage us – to lift us up. I know that the last thing I want to do when I am sick is to open my Bible – but this is when I need to open my Bible. God has a promise there waiting for me if I do!

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!

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~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.

In one of my Bible studies, we were challenged to live out the meaning of these verses, starting at home! As we practice doing good and esteeming those in our home more than ourselves, joy enters our hearts and helps us to take our eyes off the discouraging circumstances around us.

This is wonderful therapy for the dear Christian who is weary. I speak for myself, and surely I cannot be the only one, when I say that the longer my eyes and thoughts are focused on the hardships of my life, the less they are focused on Christ and His ministry of love and reconciliation. Why would an unbeliever want Christ if he observes me in my discouraged state? Why would an unbeliever want my Jesus if he observes me being grumpy to my own family? An unbeliever would want my Jesus if I were displaying the Lord’s qualities.

Yes, it is work to become selfless. It’s not easy esteeming another better than myself! But the word of God tells us to. (Philippians 2:3) My natural man within me wants everything to be about me! But it’s not all about me! It’s ALL about Jesus Christ! If we are Christians, we should have this same selfless heart every day. And, as Paul points out, we should have this generous heart especially toward other believers!

May I challenge you today to stop focusing on your day-to-day circumstances and start focusing on Christ’s purpose for us? Find someone in need and take action, Christian! Those in need are all around us. Every day I hear of someone committing suicide, or their house has burned down – such devastating circumstances! Let’s have an impact by starting in our own family. Then reach out – stretch your arms as Christ would have you to do and touch a heart in need today!

Do one thing every single day that will impact someone’s life – even if it is simply a phone call or card – there is a heart in need of encouraging somewhere!!!

~Deuteronomy 33:27a The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms:

There are times when weariness sets into the believer’s life. Our strength seems so small. At times I feel as though I have been totally depleted of any strength. I search deep down to find even a small amount but find none!

I thank the Lord for His Word for in it are the fountains of refreshing waters! It is there this morning that I find that it is not by my strength that I can carry on but by His strength.

~Isaiah 26:4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:

The Lord’s strength is everlasting. It never runs out – it never becomes weak – it is everlasting, never ending. That means that when I am at my weakest, His strength is constant! What a blessing that is to me!

God doesn’t take a break. We, in our finite minds, fathom what it means to never stop – to never cease from work – to never sleep. But our Lord knows all about this. He does not sit back and close His eyes at the end of the day.

~Isaiah 40:28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

These verses encouraged my spirit this weary morning. I am lifted up knowing that my Lord and Saviour is well aware of the day’s trials and tribulations because He has seen it from its beginning. He has followed every step and seen every segment. Therefore, He is the best witness to my difficulties and is the only one qualified to help me! Not only does He bring that comfort and peace, but He gives me strength to move forward.

Oh dear God, what do the lost do in times such as these? I cannot begin to imagine how I could go through life without my tower of strength, my Lord Jesus Christ!

~Isaiah 40:28-31 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

2009 may have had sickness, death or even financial trials for some of you. There may be some who are entering 2010 in the midst of a struggle. Encouragement can be found in today’s passage as we sit and meditate on God’s character. Our precious Heavenly Father, the One who doesn’t sleep, never gets tired, is never so over burdened that He faints, is always there to strengthen us along our journeys. He stands ready at all times to give us exactly what we need when we feel as though we are at the end of our rope!

I love this passage – it has brought comfort, over and over in my Christian walk. Most especially, the Lord has shown His compassion to this child in the last two years! It is as though God drives His point home with verse 31 – He promises to renew our strength if we wait upon Him. How many times can we say that we have sought to solve our own problem or find solace in others instead of waiting on the Lord to do His work? We jump the gun and try to make things work. How many of God’s blessings do we miss out on by not waiting on Him? IF we wait on Him, He promises to give us the strength of eagles (picture this beautiful bird in flight). He promises that we won’t be spiritually tired and we won’t faint. We cannot get this kind of rejuvenation from those around us. This is greater than anything man can provide for us.

I pray that 2010 will be the year that we can all claim these verses and truly possess their meaning in our hearts! No matter what the trial is today that you are experiencing, “wait on the Lord” – trust in Him – turn to Him! Let Him give you the power and strength you need to glorify Him through your circumstances!

~Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

We’ve all been there at one time or another, haven’t we? We’re tired of the trials of life. We’re tired of being under attack. We’re tired of the battle that every born-again Christian seems to fight with the unbelieving world. We’re tired of being ridiculed because of Christ’s name. Today’s saying really applies to the weary believer:

Been there, done that!

Don’t be discouraged, Christian! Our Lord suffered this first. He was mocked, ridiculed and crucified because of Who He was. But yet He continued on. Jesus left us with His Word to encourage our hearts – all we have to do is find the verses which will bless us! When we are tired, we take a nap and rest. When we are weary, we must turn to God’s Word for spiritual renewal. Today’s photo is awesome, isn’t it? It’s a great place to send your eyes and head to and get your brain headed in the right direction. Next, finding verses that will quench your thirsty soul and lift your weary head. This verse is probably one of the most quoted verses and I can see why. Each time I read these words, my heart is uplifted and I am ready to tackle my day.

Why not allow the Lord to restore you today?

~Psalm 23:3a He restoreth my soul:

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Today’s verse is one of those. When we are at our wit’s end, the Lord is there to renew us.