“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 40:28-31)
A good definition of weariness is, to be “very tired, especially from exertion or endurance” (Oxford American Dictionary). Do you ever feel or get that way? Most of you would probably answer, “quite often!”
Some 2700 years ago, the prophet Isaiah encountered the same human phenomenon as we find in abundance today – – weariness.
Thankfully, he offers 3 simple solutions for our common plight:
- Be mindful of God’s PERSON (He is eternal, the Creator, and never tires)
- Be thankful for His PRESENT (He gifts power and strength)
- Be patient for His PROVISION (He will provide renewal of strength)
Galatians 6:9 puts it this way, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart”
Hebrews 12:3 adds: “For consider Him (Jesus) who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in our souls”
The great French philosopher and mathematician, Blaise Pascal (1623 – 1662) concluded, “It is good to be tired and wearied by the vain search after the true good, that we may stretch out our arms to the Redeemer” (Pensees)!