Not to grow weary
O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights? Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:27-31
There will be times that you will find it difficult to continue on in your spiritual journey. This might be because of the trials you are facing. Or it could be due to the fight that you are up with as you resist temptations. The persecutions you are confronting can also be the reason why you are wearing down. These are the times that you need God’s provision. From the text, Prophet Isaiah raised a rhetorical question implying that God knows every trouble you are facing. Since He is the Everlasting God, His provisions will never be exhausted. This is also what David understood about the Lord as His Shepherd. “He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me” (Psalm 23:3-4).God knows you will need His strength for you to continue on in your Christian journey. He knows that you need to be revitalized and filled-up so you could be a blessing to others. Sometimes, He will carry you in His arms when you do not have the power to continue on. You will realize that His ways are varying in reenergizing your soul. He knows what fits your situation and will provide nourishments to your soul based on your present need. He alone knows what will satisfy your soul. All He asks from you is to not hesitate to come and to always return for more. He can refresh you through His word. He can also use others in your fellowship with other believers to encourage you. Or at times, He strengthen you just by the knowledge of His presence in your life that gives you assurance that you are not alone walking even in the darkest valley of your life. “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
Noel De Guzman Westside Baptist Church Los Angeles, CA