“WHEN WEARINESS HAPPENS”
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Galatians 6:9)
The human body is not constructed to function non-stop as a machine. We have limitations, both physically, emotionally and spiritually. Weariness is what occurs when “we become weak, to fail (for lack of strength), to be faint, i.e., wanting to quit.” We all become weary in all the aforementioned areas from time to time. There are reasons that cause this condition and we cannot deny them. But, we must be able to recognize the cause and seek something to correct it. I know most of us do experience weariness, and sometimes on a daily basis. We simply accept it as a way of life, and, as fact, it is a way of life. Sometimes, we are frustrated by weariness or become discouraged, even despondent, when it occurs, especially when it happens too often.
As I said earlier, weariness happens to us in three primary areas, physically, emotionally and spiritually. There are causes and effects in each of these areas, and they can become quite burdensome, even dangerous. Physical weariness is what 100% of the earth’s population must contend with, some on a daily basis. Although our bodies are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (cf Psalm 139:14), they require rest, refreshing and revival. “And the king, and all the people that were with him, came weary, and refreshed themselves there” (II Samuel 16:14). Fatigue in the physical sense brings forth weariness of the flesh, energy and strength is depleted. “He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that day…” (II Samuel 23:10). Remember Jesus said to Peter, James and John, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41). Yes, there are times that weariness physically can hinder our service to the Lord.
Emotional weariness is very common among humans and we all suffer from it at times. It is brought on by worry and distress about things that enter into our lives. “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). “I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears” (Psalm 6:6). Worry and a troubled mind can wear you out. Your thoughts are more on your troubles than anything else. When Jesus was visiting Lazarus, Martha and Mary in “Bethany, Martha was emotionally distraught because she thought she was doing all the work, while her sister, Mary, sat and listened to Jesus. Her attitude had been affected by her emotions. Jesus said to her, “...Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things” (Luke 10:41). Martha’s emotions were spent and she quickly lost focus that Jesus was her guest.
Spiritual weariness, unfortunately, happens all too often to even the strongest, most spiritual minded saint. The cause and effect is usually identified by how others respond to our message or service. There is frustration because we do not see positive results, there is aggravation when people seem not to care about the condition of their own souls. You get tired and weary of the rejection. “Then I said, I will not make mention of him (God), nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay” (Jeremiah 20:9) But we are exhorted to “...not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (cf Galatians 6:9; II Thessalonians 3:13).
Refresh yourself in the Lord, dear Christian. Get your strength back and start serving God again. You will see positive things happening sooner than you think.Pastor H. Preston Parker