Every time I ask some one “how ya doing?” They reply “I’m tired!” I tired of it all. I tired of listening to what I know is bad. I tired of the arguing. Tired of more news that I know is twisted. I tired of being tired. I just tired. I can hear it and I can see it in peoples eyes we are “fatigued.”
“Fatigue makes cowards out of us all.” (Vince Lombardi)
– if only we were all football players
The more fatigue sets into our lives the more fear begins to slowly gain the upper hand in our lives. We begin to battle fear rather than facing the true issue, we are simply tired.
The real question is, how do we fight “fatigue?”
As near as I can tell the word “fatigue” does not appear in the Scriptures, but the word “weary” does. Paul says, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Gal. 6:9); and again “But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.” (2Th. 3:13).
As followers of Christ we are living by faith in His Grace. We are simply trusting in Him every day. I simply want to encourage each of you; “you are doing good.”
I love what Isaiah the prophet says:
Is. 40:28 ¶ Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. Is. 40:29 ¶ He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Is. 40:30 ¶ Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; Is. 40:31 but those who hope (wait) in the LORDwill renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
How do we manage “fatigue?” We “hope in the Lord.” Or as another we “wait”. No matter how the word is translated into english it implies “the expectation of the fulfillment of a promise.” In the midst of fatigue we know that He has promised to renew our strength.
““My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Cor. 12:9-10).
So how are you doing? I’m tired, really tired. Then this is a great moment, because His Strength is revealed in our “tired, weary, fatigued” moments.
His strength is the real “renewable energy” source.
It is easy to Love Him when the blue is in the sky,
When summer winds are blowing, and we smell the roses night;
there is little effort needed to obey His precious will
When it leads through flower-decked valley, or over sun-kissed hill.
It is when rain is falling or the mist hangs in the air,
When the road is dark and rugged, and the wind no longer fair,
When the rosy dawn has settled in a shadowland of gray,
That we find it hard to trust Him, and are slower to obey.
It is easy to trust Him when the singing birds have come,
And their canticles are echoed in our heart and in our home;
But ’tis when we miss the music, and the days are dull and dreary,
That we need a faith triumphant over every doubt and fear.
And our blessed Lord will give it; what we lack He will supply;
Let us ask in faith believing — on His promises rely;
He will ever be our Leader, whether smooth or rough the way,
And will prove Himself sufficient for the needs of every day.