I must ask for your forgiveness for my lack of posts recently. Simply put I allowed weariness to settle in me. No excuses, just improvements! I attended #Jesus17 over the weekend and am quite refreshed. Some of what we’ll discuss this week will be what was imparted in that time. Because of the challenge of weariness that Christ overcame in me, that is what we’ll highlight now.
“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall soar high on wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
My birthday was last week, (Sept. 23) and my fiancé, Matthew, painted me a beautiful picture with this scripture on it. I know it was by the prompting of the Holy Spirit because reading it diagnosed the challenge I was wallowing in. Weariness. I had been waiting on the Lord, but had grown weary. I had not been waiting in the Lord though. For if I had the result would have been strength.
This was not the first time I have read this for I have history with this scripture. I went to a private Christian school growing up and this was our school scripture. It was committed to memory by every student from kindergarten and quoted a minimum of weekly every year. I attended that school for seven years, so you do the math! The ‘soaring high’ part always stood out to me in the past because our school mascot was an eagle. I gladly accepted being like an eagle. But this time the waiting is where my attention was drawn to.
Another translation says “those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.” You are trusting when you are waiting. Yet another translation says “those who hope in the Lord with renew their strength.” You are hopeful when you’re waiting.
Waiting on the Lord is trusting him that the unseen things you hope for will actually happen which in itself is faith (see Heb. 11:1). Since there is strength in the waiting there must also be joy. For Nehemiah 8:10 tells us that the joy of the Lord is our strength!
So this is what I’ve learned in all this: to remain faithful in the waiting and joyful in the circumstance by spending time in his holy presence. Weariness will tell you that you don’t have the energy to worship every day. Weariness will tell you that you don’t have the time to read the Bible everyday. Weariness will tell you that praying without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17) just isn’t possible. But the word, which is the Truth, which is Jesus, is telling us that weariness comes when none of those areas are being attended to.
Remember “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Gal. 6:9