Some are weary because the weekend was filled with activity. The lawn work had to be done. The kids had baseball games to play. It was hot, so the pool was the best place to be. The meals had to be prepared. The laundry had piled up and had to be done. The house had not been cleaned in weeks. The garage had to be cleaned out. The cars and the dog had to be washed. You have a good life and appreciate all the blessings God has given you, but you are weary.
Some are weary because it's Monday morning and you had to get up and go back to the office. You've had your coffee or your juice or your diet drink or your workout to get you going. But, you're dragging. Your schedule for the week includes meetings, discussions, phone calls, and possibly some unexpected travel. You like your job and the people you work with but you are weary.
Some are weary because you have begun another week wondering if this will be another week of frustration, disappointment, and hopelessness. You've dreamed dreams, trusted your heart, listened to the wisest of counsel, but still you are left with more questions than answers. You are weary.
Some are weary because of promises that have not been kept. Some are weary because of lies that have been told. Some are weary from the burden of guilt and shame that you carry with you wherever you go. Some are weary because your heart has been broken and love appears to always be just beyond your reach.
For those who are weary, listen to Isaiah's words of comfort:
"To whom will you compare me?
Or who is my equal?" says the Holy One.
Lift your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one,
and calls them each by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.
Why do you say, O Jacob,
and complain, O Israel,
"My way is hidden from the Lord;
my cause is disregarded by my God"?
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 grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint (Isaiah 40:25-31 NIV).
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30 NIV).
Are you weary? Hope in the Lord! There your strength will be renewed. With wings you'll soar like eagles. You'll run and not grow weary. You'll walk and not be faint. Go to Jesus. He will give you rest.
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