I am so blessed that you have joined me for the Weariness to Strength Week 1 discussion. I really really pray that you will be encouraged today right down into your innermost being!!
Life has no guarantees that it will be easy.
Life can be downright hard.
It is our focus that helps us to rise above the weariness we can experience and give us strength.
Setting our eyes on Jesus is the only way to relieve weariness when we have to keep going when we are totally spent.
As you read over the short selections in this month’s Bible Reading Plan, I want you to remember to keep your eyes on Jesus.
It is easy to focus on our weariness and then slip into depression or even despair.
1. Genesis 27:41-46
This short passage is about Esau’s hatred for his twin brother Jacob because their father gave him the blessing for his older brother. Choices that our children make can have a chain effect. The hatred that Esau had for Jacob took him down a destructive path where he ended up choosing, Judith, as his wife from the daughters of Heth.
Rebekah was heartbroken.
It doesn’t say, but ooooh the tears she must have shed!
And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me? ~Genesis 27:46~
Rebekah felt like her whole life was of no good any longer. She was probably thinking of all those years raising the boys along with her mistakes, sin, and in utter despair thinking if the boys did not grow up to love God that it all was no use! She was probably projecting forward down the years ahead of her too.
Have you been there? Do you have children who grew up and made poor choices?
That is the most devastating circumstance that a mother will ever face.
I have been there with some of our children. I can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt that without God’s grace, I would be living in utter depression.
2. Job 10:1-7
Job had terrible calamities and was dealing with the criticism from his friends who thought he had sinned and that God was judging him.
My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul. ~Job 10:1~
Have you been there with Job?
Are you weary?
Maybe it is just dealing with the day-to-day business as a stay-at-home mom. That is enough to make you bone tired!
Continually throughout the story of Job, he cried out to the Lord about his complaint.
If someone is continually complaining, we get tired of it. We might even encourage them to be more positive. How often is it because we don’t want to help lift up our friend and help to bear their burden?
Jesus never tires of our pouring out our heart to Him.
So often, the things that bring us grief and sadness are in part due to how we led our life.
3. Psalm 6:1-10
Psalm 6 is a prayer. It is a plea for mercy from David.
He starts out saying to God, “Rebuke me not in thine anger; for I am weak: O LORD.” It makes me wonder if he knew he had sinned and deserved the worst.
I don’t know what you are facing today.
You can pray to God for mercy for your situation or your child’s situation.
God loves it when we come to Him for the impossible. He is the God of the impossible!
4. Psalm 69:1-21
Have you ever been swimming in the ocean where the waves swell as they come towards the beach. They lift you up and you feel like you will sink.
Imagine riding that wave out as you read this psalm. That is the picture that David paints.
Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God. ~Psalm 69:1-3~
David uses the rising waters as a picture of his troubles that are rising like the water coming into his soul. Deep mire where you can’t reach your feet to the bottom!
I know many women just don’t cry much. At best they can control when they do and save their tears for later. How nice!! I am not one of those.
I have had days when I cried once and then I cried the rest of the days. I was swimming in my tears. I know God keeps my tears in a bottle.
This psalm is a prayer. I have found it to be such an encouragement to read when I am going through deep waters.
These next verses remind me of a similar passage and I hope that they will lift you up today and encourage you.
But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O Lord, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation. Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters. Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me. Hear me, O Lord; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies. And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily. ~Psalm 69:13-17~
5. Isaiah 40:25-31
When you are feeling weary, think of how God is never weary.
He never sleeps.
He is always wanting to hear your prayers.
God is never too tired for you. He is always waiting to hear your complaint poured out before Him. It is through expressing your troubles to God that He is able to answer your cry and help you.
He is a God of solutions.
This is a passage of worship to God. It expresses the greatness of God’s might.
He is mighty to save.
He can save you out of your deep waters that are rising to swallow you up.
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. ~Isaiah 40:28-29~
Isn’t that verse encouraging?
I love finding the word faint in the Bible. It is often in the same verse as ‘wait’ as we are encouraged not to faint but to wait on the Lord.
I hope you will be joining me this coming week as we will be reading the selections for Weariness to Strength Week 2 as we learn to be strong in the Lord.
What encouraged you from this week’s Bible reading? Do you write in a journal or do you get creative with Bible journaling art?