Written by Samuel Lawrence:
This past week has been a very wearisome week in my life for many reasons. Several issues on my day job have caused undue stress and left me with more questions than answers. Have you ever had times when you tried to please everybody around you, and in the process you seemed to please no one around you? Some days, weeks, months and yes, even years can be wearisome.
The past few years have been wearisome to me in a lot of ways. In 2004, I was betrayed and hurt badly by a friend in the ministry. I lost my only remaining Grandmother in 2004. In 2005 my Dad suffered a severe stroke that left him completely debilitated. In 2006, my day job company had their major project work put on hold for 3 years and I had to change jobs, twice in less than a year. In 2007, a small church where I was serving as bi-vocational pastor asked me to resign over a racial issue. In 2008, my Mom died. In 2009, I have watched our nation’s leaders take America down a path of economic and political Socialism. This week we are on the brink of watching America lose the greatest health care system in the world to a bunch of Socialists who seem bent on defying the will of over 75% of those constituents they were elected to represent and over and around a Constitution they swore to uphold.
There was a comedy skit Jerry Clower used to do related to to coon hunting. Listen to this story. It ends with how I felt at the end of work week on my day job.
Sometimes, all you want is some relief! That can often come in the form of encouraging words. My wife gave me a bunch of those this week and I thank the Lord for her love and support. She helped me make it through the tense week. I have heard it said, that “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” Have you ever reached the point where you get sick of drinking nothing but lemonade? Have you ever gotten to the point of not really knowing what to pray? This morning, as I sat there in my study, with weariness and heaviness of heart over the past week, I prayed and asked the Lord to bless me and restore my strength. Just like the uplifting words of encouragement and prayers from my precious wife, the Lord spoke through a dear friend and partner in the ministry in his email to me:
“I woke up this morning dragging physically and mentally. My sugar was high and my mood low. But not for long because Galatians 6:9 came to mind. “ And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” I’m telling you that the only thing that gives purpose and finality to my life is God and His word. He can pick me up in a moment when nothing else matters.
I continue to personally pray an individual prayer for each of you knowing that God is the only one who can give us the peace we need in difficult times. We’re not in this for the temporal gain, we’re in this for what is to come after this life if we press on to the end.
I hope that everyone has a restful fulfilling weekend and that Monday we will be refreshed with new vigor and excitement as we continue to push forward with what He has given us to do!
Thank you again and know that I appreciate each one of you……“ And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
Growing weary – a Christian perspective:
Have you ever grown weary with doing good? You watch other people do what they want and they seem so happy or fulfilled in ways that you wish you could be fulfilled. Yet, in Galatians, and in other parts of the Bible, we are told to not grow weary with doing good. We’re not in this for the temporal gain, we’re in this for what is to come after this life if we press on to the end.
This message of hope came from Winn Freeman, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Wisdom In Living Life Ministry. I cannot put into words how greatly comforting it is to know that our God is an awesome God and he knows what we have need of even before we ask (Matthew 6:8).
The Holy Spirit helps us in our times of weakness. Romans 8:25-27 says…
“But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
Even in our weakness, the Spirit of God helps us because we don’t know how to pray as we ought, and so the Spirit intercedes for us with wordless groanings. The Bible says that God the Father – the one who searches our hearts – knows the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit prays for us according to God’s will. So God the Father always answers the Spirit’s prayers. That is why in Galatians 6:9 the Apostle Paul could boldly proclaim “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
Thanks be to God for his Holy Word and for a loving wife and great friends in the ministry. In times like these, it is good to remember, that our Lord Jesus is still the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Jesus told his Disciples…
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33)