WEARY "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)


September 9, 1999

Do you ever get tired, just pain weary, sick and tired, sick of being tired? Do you ever wish the doctor could just give you a shot of "oomph?"

There are three kinds of weariness: physical, mental, and emotional or spiritual. Most people know all about the physical: get out there and wash those dishes, dig those dishes, work at work and then go home and work some more. It makes you weary!

Mental effort can come from balancing a checkbook, doing homework, preparing a report for work, thinking through a tough problem and coming up with a solution. It makes you weary!

Spiritual weariness can come from too much out-go and not enough in-come. Working diligently to find scripture for a problem, to exhort a Christian friend in need of encouragement, allowing our bodies to be used by the Holy Spirit of God in presenting the salvation story to an unsaved person can make you weary.

Anyone who's waited in line, waited in the doctor's office, waited in the hospital when a loved one was ill or having surgery or giving birth or dying, or waited in prison for the days to pass, knows all about the weariness of waiting. That kind of weariness attacks all three aspects of a person's being; physical, mental, and emotional/spiritual.

Even God got weary! In Isaiah 43:24b He says, "But you have burdened Me with your sins, You have wearied Me with your iniquities." He was sick and tired of the sins of Israel. David wearied of his own crying as he called out to God in Psalm 69:3. I have known people who were furiously angry with, and sick and tired of, this present world's sins against God.

No matter the source of weariness, weary people need rest. There are instructions in the scriptures of how to find rest. Psalm 23 promises that if the Lord is our Shepherd we will find rest, refreshment, and renewal. Matthew 11:29 says that if we yoke up with Jesus we will find rest for our souls. Acts 9:31 says that after the churches completed a work by helping Paul they had peace and were edified, comforted and multiplied.

Remember that God instructed us to rest one day out of seven. He knew that being tired in the body can make the spirit and mind tired, etc. He knew what we were made of and He gave us loving instruction in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:3-17) and in the two commandments in Matthew 22:34-40.

John Hagee says the best way to triumph is to "try OOMPH!" That's old-fashioned "gumption." That's what brought the apostles through the many adversities they faced. Joyce Meyer says, "Many people have wishbones but too few have backbones." Paul the Apostle (he was the one whom God knocked off his horse!) knew a young minister whom he encouraged. Paul's letters to this minister are found in the new testament in 1st and 2nd Timothy. Paul loved him like a son and gave him lots of instruction for dealing with problems in the church.

But Paul also encouraged Timothy to take care of himself so he could stay strong in his ministry. In 2nd Timothy 1:7 he says, "Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Let's do that when we're weary, Christian brothers. Let's stir up the Holy Spirit of God inside ourselves. Let's keep on encouraging each other so that Spirit will stay stirred up!

God Bless All, Barbara