I’m so tired – maybe you are, too?
I used to find myself exhausted at this time of year because the demands of my kids’ schedules kept me running from morning til night. These next few weeks were supposed to be a blur of rehearsals, recitals, concerts, end of the school year events, and final exams. But April and May are cancelled.
I’m tired. But I’m not tired from my life. I’m tired of this life. I’m tired of the isolation, the uncertainty, and the monotony. I’m tired of the daily routine of cook – clean – repeat. I’m tired of deleting events from my calendar that I had really looked forward to. I’m tired of not knowing how or when this will end.
As I dragged the weariness in my heart to the Lord this morning, He brought this promise to mind:
“He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:29-31)
God gave Isaiah these words of comfort and encouragement for the Israelites who would one day be carted off to exile in Babylon. They would feel like their world had been turned upside down. They would be weary of their strange new way of life. They would wonder when and if life would ever be normal again.
In the midst of their weariness, God gave them this promise: He will renew their strength. To those who have no might—who are laid out on the floor thinking they can’t take one more step—He will supply the power they need to run and not be weary.
The verse right before this reassurance gives us the proof that God can keep His promise:
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.” (Isaiah 40:28)
Our God is the everlasting God who created the universe. He never gets tired, and He never lacks understanding. And He promises His sufficient, sustaining, satisfying strength to those who call out to Him.
No matter what you face this week, the Lord gives strength to the weary.
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