Weariness

You especially feel it in the evening after an exhausting day at the office, as you wend your way home in a rumpled suit, lugging an overloaded briefcase. Perhaps you find yourself wondering if anyone else understands – or cares about your fatigue, as you reflect back over a day fraught with unresolved problems, unrelenting pressures, and incomplete projects.

 

One Person who cares is Jesus. He also understands because He has been there:

  • After a demanding stretch of meeting people’s needs, He fell asleep in a storm-tossed fishing vessel. (Matthew 8:23-27)
  • After butting up again and again against obdurate slow-to-believe fellow-travelers, He expressed a sense of wearing angst:

O unbelieving and perverse generationhow long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you?” (Matthew 17:17)

  • After an exhausting journey under the midday sun, He sat down at a well to rest. (John 4:6)

And that is why He and your Heavenly Father are able to say to you:

 

Come to Me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

 

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

 

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

 

I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint“. (Jeremiah 31:25)

 

Amidst unrelenting demands, Jesus wisely knew when it was time to take a break:

 

“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to (the twelve disciples), ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.‘” (Mark 6:31)

 

Do you?

 

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