Day 10: A scripture that makes you smile
I don’t know about you, but I get tired a lot. It all began in middle school when I was playing basketball and we had to do copious amounts of sprints. I came home from practice every day completely exhausted. Then, my freshman year of high school I got mono—that took me to a new level of tired. After that I had a series of random diseases and illnesses, all of them taking their toll on me in different ways.
Only in the last couple of years have I started to scratch the surface of what it means to be tired spiritually. The battle we’re fighting with Satan is an exhausting one. He’s constantly coming at you, and you’re constantly having to fight him off. It exhausts your will. The better you get—the stronger you get—the harder he fights. It’s a battle we’ll be fighting until we die, and that’s no doubt the reason that Paul tells us he’d already been poured out for Christ. He’d given the fight all of him.
I can only hope I give my entire self and my entire strength to the cause of Christ. And when/if I do?
“But those who wait on 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 40:31
Like I mentioned yesterday, those that overcome shall have their strength renewed. When I’m tired, this verse is especially comforting. When my strength is seemingly gone, I can know that it will be renewed as long as I wait on the LORD. The word ‘wait’ there literally means to endure or to remain. Those who remain faithful to the Lord will have their strength renewed or more literally, have their weariness exchanged for strength. We can never spend ourselves for God because He has promised to replenish us!
When you’re tired—whether physically, emotionally, or spiritually— know that God will exchange your weariness for strength.