Posts Tagged ‘weary’

At that time, says the Lord, I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people. Thus says the Lord: The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness; when Israel sought for rest, the Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. Again I will build you, and you shall be built, O virgin Israel! Again you shall take your tambourines, and go forth in the dance of the merrymakers.Again you shall plant vineyards on the mountains of Samaria; the planters shall plant, and shall enjoy the fruit. For there shall be a day when sentinels will call in the hill country of Ephraim: “Come, let us go up to Zion, to the Lord our God.” For thus says the Lord: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, “Save, O Lord, your people, the remnant of Israel.”See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labor, together; a great company, they shall return here. With weeping they shall come, and with consolations I will lead them back, I will let them walk by brooks of water, in a straight path in which they shall not stumble; for I have become a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn. Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, and declare it in the coastlands far away; say, “He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd a flock.” For the Lord has ransomed Jacob, and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him. They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion, and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord, over the grain, the wine, and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; their life shall become like a watered garden, and they shall never languish again. Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry. I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow. I will give the priests their fill of fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my bounty, says the Lord. Thus says the Lord: A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more. Thus says the Lord: Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears; for there is a reward for your work, says the Lord: they shall come back from the land of the enemy; there is hope for your future, says the Lord: your children shall come back to their own country. Indeed I heard Ephraim pleading: “You disciplined me, and I took the discipline; I was like a calf untrained. Bring me back, let me come back, for you are the Lord my God. For after I had turned away I repented; and after I was discovered, I struck my thigh; I was ashamed, and I was dismayed because I bore the disgrace of my youth.” Is Ephraim my dear son? Is he the child I delight in? As often as I speak against him, I still remember him. Therefore I am deeply moved for him; I will surely have mercy on him, says the Lord. Set up road markers for yourself, make yourself guideposts; consider well the highway, the road by which you went. Return, O virgin Israel, return to these your cities. How long will you waver, O faithless daughter? For the Lord has created a new thing on the earth: a woman encompasses a man. Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Once more they shall use these words in the land of Judah and in its towns when I restore their fortunes: “The Lord bless you, O abode of righteousness, O holy hill!” And Judah and all its towns shall live there together, and the farmers and those who wander with their flocks. I will satisfy the weary, and all who are faint I will replenish.Thereupon I awoke and looked, and my sleep was pleasant to me. (Jeremiah 31:1-26, NRSV)

What is refreshing for you?

What do you think of when you think of something refreshing?

A nice cold drink?

A beach?

A nice cold swim?

A nice warm swim?

Time alone in a shop?

A long ride on a bike? (motorized or not)

Refreshing is really different for all of us, but Jeremiah here tells us of how God will be refreshment for all of us.

God will satisfy the weary and refresh the faint. God can and will do this for all of us.

So live in God and allow His refreshment to be yours.

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those 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. (Isaiah 40:28-31, NRSV)

Those who wait on the Lord will soar on the wind like an eagle!

Have you ever seen an eagle glide across the air? It is the most majestic thing to see and this is how God will move you if you wait on Him.

He will give you power and allow you to soar through life, giving you the wind to fill your wings and move you on.

So wait on the Lord and allow Him to move you.

O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift up my hands and call on your name. My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, and my mouth praises you with joyful lips when I think of you on my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. (Psalm 63:1-8, NRSV)

How many of you have ever had that sock that is just stuck to your jeans when it comes out of the dryer?

It doesn’t seem to happen as much any more. Maybe dryers have developed over the years to not build up static electricity.

But I always remember that sock that would just not come off the jeans. It was clinging there for life…

That is the image I get from this psalm, of us clinging to God, for life!

For His steadfast love is better than life, and He will give us what we need and be a shelter for us in the storm.

So cling to Him, and know He will hold you up!

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those 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. (Isaiah 40:28-31, NRSV)

Have you ever run and not gotten weary?

I remember a recent 10k I ran. I say that like I run all the time. I actually tell people I don’t run, and if you see me running, you should probably be running too…

But I was running the race with my daughter, and we would run for a streach and then when one or both of us got weary or tired, we would walk. Now we still walked at a pace that kept our time at about a 4.2/4.3 mph pace…

But we got weary!

But in Jesus we have no need to fear of wearing out, or fainting. For when we trust in God He will mount us up like the wings of an eagle and upon His mighty strength we will soar!

So trust not in yourself or others, but trust in God and He will lift you up and make you to soar!

Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor be weary when reproved by him.
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.”
It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. (Hebrews 12:3-13 ESV)

Are you ready to give up?

Throw in the towel?

I understand. I really do understand. It seems like everything you are doing is hurting and not helping your struggles. You see your loved ones doing more than their fair share of the work and you fell like everyone is catering to you. Like you are letting those same loved ones down…

But listen to the words guoted here in Hebrews from Proverbs 3:11-12 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights. Did you hear that? Did you see what you were called?

My son… My daughter… My chosen one. You are mine and the things I do for you are for your betterment. How many of us as parents would love to give our children everything they ask for? And do all of their laundry and chores, so they can play and be kids? We would love to allow our children to do what ever they want, but good parents know that saying no is the best thing for their kids, and denying some of their wants is helping them more than hurting them. We are helping to shape them into constructive active participants in this thing we call life, and that is exactly what God is doing for each of us.

We sometimes have to go through those periods of not understanding and not getting what we want, of looking and wondering, but never wondering if God is there or does He care. He loves us and claims us as His own…

My child you are my beloved, and I have claimed you as my own, know that the reproof and testing you are undergoing is for your betterment, and to prepare you for things that are to come. I have never and will never leave you or forsake you. Trust in me and do not grow weary in your path ahead.