Weak and Weary?
There are times in life when we come face to face with our weakness. There are moments and seasons when weariness can wear us down to the point of deep exhaustion.
"In times like these, we need strength:
Strength to keep going when we are spiritually, emotionally and physically tired.
Strength to keep a good attitude when life is tough.
Strength to complete an assignment that is difficult and challenging.
Strength to respond the right way to an unexpected situation.
Strength to forgive someone who has deeply hurt us.
Strength to resist temptations that have trapped us in the past.
Strength to wait for God’s promises to be fulfilled.
Strength to keep trusting that a pressing need will eventually be met.
Strength to deal with a loss that rocked our personal world.
Strength to live for Jesus Christ around people who make fun of our faith.
While I don’t have any quick fixes for weakness and weariness, I can point you to the pathway that leads to supernatural strength. Here are two passages to hold on to when weakness and weariness threaten to take you down and wipe you out:
“He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak. Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up. But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” — Isaiah 40:29-31 (NLT)
“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” — 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (NIV)
“Dear Lord, help us today to draw on the strength that comes from your grace. Help us to put our hope in you and to wait on you. Fill us with supernatural strength. Thank you for the things in life that remind us of our weakness and of our desperate need for you. Thank you that when we turn to you for strength, you supply what we lack. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
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