Tuesday, February 3, 2009
ARE YOU WEARY?
Perhaps you've been attending school, taking classes to pursue your career goal - forever it seems. You are weary. Or you have been looking for a job and not finding one and you are just plain weary. Or you are caring for a sick child, spouse or parent and you are weary. Or perhaps you have had a long bout with illness and you are weary to the bone. Or just the common ordinary days are wearying to you.
Yet Scripture says, "Let us not grow weary in well doing for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart." ( )
There is the command in black and white, but how does this work?
It‘s simple, really. In Scripture we are told to do two things to bring pleasure to God:
"Trust God and do good...." (Psalm 37:3)
Jesus gives the same two basics - only a bit more specific: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and . And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
Certainly God would not give us things to do which would weary us to the bone. Yet when we are already weary, even two basic commands seem almost too much. What do we do?
Again God has the answer - He knows we are but dust: "...they who wait for 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."
Wait on the Lord? But Lord, you say - I have these tasks, duties, classes and responsibilities. Looking at the word "wait" in the language in which it was written helps - to wait on the Lord means to bind together. As we bind together our lives with that of God's life in us, no wonder we will be able to walk, run and fly! It will be His life which gives us the grace and power to trust Him and to continue doing good until He returns for us. We become energized as we obey Him.
Trust God and do good - it's that simple and energizing...and pleases God!
Heavenly Father, please help me to wait ... and receive. In Jesus' name. Amen.