How many of you are tired? I would guess that the majority of people reading this would say , "Me!". Every morning my Facebook and Twitter feeds are flooded with people talking about that cup of coffee to get them started in the morning.
But, there’s a different kind of tired that a Scripture has me thinking about this morning, and I’m going to admit one of my many imperfections here: There are certain people and situations that just wear me out. If you know me it won’t be hard to visualize the eye roll as I say, “I’m just so tired of it.” Anybody else been there?
As I was reading Isaiah 40, verses 27-29 this morning, my initial thoughts went to how physically tired I feel, but after further meditation on it, the correlation is much more about being emotionally tired for me. Here it is in the New Living Translation:
O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles?
O, Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights?
Have you never heard?
Have you never understood?
The LORD is the everlasting God, the creator of all the Earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of His understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.
- If you have ever felt like God does not see you or hear your prayers…this is for you.
- If you have ever felt like God is ignoring you…this if for you.
- If you have ever felt like your problem is too small for God to care about..this is for you.
While we get weak and weary and tired and worn out by situations and people, God does not. We can ask and cry and plead and whine and ask and complain and ask Him and He still doesn’t get annoyed with us. He just doesn’t get tired. As a matter of fact, that is what God wants.
I Thessalonians 5:17 says Never stop praying.
Hmmm..that’s a three word sentence that packs a punch. Don’t give up because the answers that we are praying for aren’t coming as quickly as we want them to.
And while we are waiting, feeling weak and powerless, ask God to give you the power and strength to deal with that gnat in your life that continues to annoy you as you swat and miss repeatedly.
It won’t surprise anyone who knows me that as I am writing this, there is a TobyMac song running through my head. It’s from his new album “This Is Not A Test” (which is AWESOME by the way). It is called “Move (Keep Walkin’). I will end with posting some of the lyrics from that track that speak to me the most, but you should really check it out for yourself, and remember to lift your head, it ain’t over yet…
Seriously, lift your head. Look to God and find the strength and power you need.
I know your heart been broke again
I know your prayers ain’t been answered yet
I know you’re feeling like you’ve got nothing left
Well, just lift your head
It ain’t over yet
Soldier, keep moving on.. ~ TobyMac