Bible Ballistics: If You’re Weary, Rest in Him!!! Vol. 4 #23
It’s been a long day—approximately 600 miles of driving to make it home—a lot of time to see God’s creation, cover a lot of ground, but also a time to get weary. What do we do when we get weary? We all have those times when the weariness of life, circumstances, health or other causes bring us to this state of ‘weariness’? We talked earlier this week about being tired, and if we stay tired without relief, then we will wind up in a state of weariness.
Weariness: “extreme tiredness; fatigue or reluctance to see or experience any more of something…”
Extreme tiredness. It’s one of the reasons that we need to be sure and rest in mind and body—to avoid this extreme tiredness. Let’s allow God’s Word to address this for us. David understood this state of ‘extreme’ need.
Psalm 42:1-3,5, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. 2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? 3 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? ……5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.”
David paints a picture of longing. A longing after God—as a thirsty deer longs for water springs, so we are to long after God, especially in our weariness. David’s weariness sparked tears, tears that became his sustenance– that grief and wondering that just brings tears, because we have no other answers. He also reminds us that when we are in that ‘state of weariness’ those who don’t believe in God will throw their darts at us. They will ask ‘Where is thy God?’—Why does your God let you suffer so? Why did He allow ‘this’ to happen to you? There only suggestion is much likes Job’s wife’s counsel to him:
“Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.” Job 2:9
When people can’t explain things, they tend to blame God. Even those who deny His existence, power and/or authority, blame God. Let’s learn from Job’s response to His wife?
“But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.” V 10. God is sovereign!! And Job wants to honor God.
Job 27:3-4, “All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils; 4 My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.”
Our very life is HIS!! Trust Him with it. Seek and speak HIS truth!!!
How do we learn to have confidence in God? I have to know that God is God in ‘MY’ personal life. As Paul mentions in Romans 5:1-5,
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
What do we learn? That we are justified–made right with God–by faith. We have ‘peace with God’ (see Ro. 5:10) because of what Jesus did for us on the cross, and we also have access by our faith into His grace and His presence. And we can come into His presence, knowing that whatever tribulation (weariness producing circumstances maybe??) comes, it has been filtered through our God’s sovereign hand of love!! Every circumstance or ‘tribulation’ that comes can accomplish God’s work in us— (see Ro 8:28-29 & James 1:1-8)
Tribulation produces patience
Patience produces experience
Experience produces hope
Hope produces ‘confidence’
Confidence is not being ashamed of God—or of what HE is doing in me!!! Why????? “…because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” We have received God’s love and the power of His Spirit to live in absolute confidence, to rest in our God.
We develop confidence by trusting God to work in our behalf– By stepping out in faith when He calls us– By experiencing His faithfulness one incident at a time. The more I suffer (in whatever way) the more I learn about God’s faithful ways. If we never step out in faith and obedience, we will never learn how to trust the God we claim to follow. Faith is equal to trust!!! If you really believe in Him, then you will want to trust and obey. The more you trust Him, the more you’ll obey Him. The more you obey Him the more you’ll come to know that HE is your HOPE!!
Hebrews 4:14-16, “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Come to Jesus!!!
We also learn to trust God by keeping our eyes on the Lord Jesus. One of the most beautiful word pictures of scripture is written by Paul in Philippians 2, let’s dig in.
Philippians 2:5-11, “Let this mind be in you,
which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God,
thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation,
and took upon him the form of a servant,
and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man,
he humbled himself,
and became obedient unto death,
even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
We are to humble ourselves,
to seek God not worldly reputation,
to be a servant to God and others,
to obey God even unto death.
We can only do these things when we have bowed the knee to Jesus as Lord and Savior. And remember our verse from Matthew 11:28,
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Give Him your weariness TODAY!!! Accept HIS rest!!!