Thursday, June 25, 2009

For All You Who Are Weary and Heavy Burdened

This is from a band I have never heard of named Thrice. Sounds like they have a following and this song may be one of the many reasons why.

Hey gang!

I talked about being tired and weary in my Father’s Day blog and several of you sent me emails to ask what God says about being tired or weary. So today, I’ll be like the Cavaliers were to Lebron when he asked for Shaq. The readers ask, I deliver. It’s as much for me as it is for you.

When it comes to weary or tired, the most common one that I hear is Jesus’ words in Matthew 11. Verse 28 tells us, “Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy laden (KJV)(burdened, NIV), and I will give you rest.” The first thing we need to do when we’re weary is go to God. I know that sounds simple, but think about driving. We’re on vacation driving to where we going and we get tired because we’ve been in the car too long. We need to eat or get a room. What do we say? A few more miles. We don’t want to rest. We want to get there and then rest.

Do you know Jesus got tired? John 4:6 even tells us that “he was tired from his journey, sat down by the well.” Jesus knew how to take a break. My friend Alvin used to work with this guy named Bruce. Bruce used to complain all the time on the job that he never got a break. So much so that we’ve made fun of his comment by imitating him for 20 years. “We never get a break, yep, yep.”

But amazing things happen when we take that break. A woman came to well and gave him drink. It was hot. He needed a drink and this woman was kind enough to get it for him. Because she gave him the earthly, cool, refreshing drink, Jesus told her of the eternal drink of water that would satisfy her soul. And when she got that water, she couldn’t help but tell everyone.

Sometimes though, a break just isn’t possible. There’s a job to do and it simply can not wait. Like when there is fighting going on. In Exodus, there was a battle with Amalekites and the chosen people of Moses had to go to war. Moses told Joshua to gather some men and that he, Aaron and Hur would go to the top of the hill with the staff of God in his hands in Exodus 17:9. The battle began. It was a tough battle and Moses started to get tired. When he lowered his arms, the Amalekites started winning the battle. However, when he held that staff high, the Israelites were whooping butt and taking names.

But Moses was tired and that’s when his buddies, Aaron and Hur went to work. They held his arms up high and held those arms steady and Joshua was able to successfully win the battle as it tells us in Exodus 17:13. It’s nice to have a team in place to finish the job and help a brother out. We all need the help now and then and it’s best to have a plan that works.

In the example of Jesus, we talked about water refreshing him. Water does wonders when we’re weary. In Psalm 63, David tells God that he is thirsting for him “in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” It’s a bad place to be in to find yourself without water when you are weary, especially in warm weather. Doctors tell us to replenish our water supply in our bodies to keep from dehydration because it can kill you. Five verses later, David praises God for replenishing the righteous. “You gave abundant showers, O God; you refreshed your weary inheritance.” God realizes when we are in times of the storm and gives us the shower of hope to allow us to rejoice that He is good.

Knowing that God is good helps us. Hebrews 12:3 tells us to “Consider him (Jesus) who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” When we realize what Jesus went through at the cross and in the life before and after it, it should encourage us.

Isaiah understood the importance of encouragement. He tells us in Isaiah 50:4 that “The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to liten like one being taught.” Isn’t it better when we wake up in the morning and think of a word from the Bible that God has given us? That word strengthens us to deal with the day.

Dealing with the day isn’t always easy. I love when people tell me on Tuesday that they wish Friday was here. At that point, you know you’re having a bad week. Paul tries to encourage us in Galatians 6:9. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

When the going gets tough, all we can do is call on God. Why? This final bit of encouragement will get you through. Isaiah 40:28-31 tells us, “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not be weary, they will walk and not be faint.” As Alison Durham Speer says, “There’s an answer for those that will wait.” If we’re patient in those tiring times, God will supply all the strength we need to get the job done. Glory to God!

I love you guys!

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