I don’t know about you, but I often feel weary and depleted. It seems my tank runs dry quickly, and I’m in constant need of replenishment.
I’m learning to turn my weariness into worship and marvel at the One who never faints or grows weary.
Our God is never depleted
God is not capable of being depleted. His energy never runs low. He never feels the way we do when we’re tired and exhausted and worn out. He has all-power. That’s a reason to worship Him.
I’m also learning that it is at the very point of my own personal weakness that God meets me with His strength.
Our culture praises the strong, the powerful, the influential, the popular, the celebrities, the dominant, the prominent, the talented, the beautiful, the successful, the wealthy, the impressive, and the elite.
Our God draws near to the weak.
We can freely admit our need, and He will replenish us
We can aim to be impressive in the eyes of the watching world, or we can admit our failures, our faults, our frailties, and our fallenness, and trust in the faithfulness of God to fulfill His promises to give power and strength to the weary and the weak:
“For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish” (Jeremiah 31:25).
We don’t need to be powerful in the eyes of men; we just need to positioned to receive God’s strength. In the midst of our weaknesses, He is strong.
He has said,
“‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Cor. 12:9-10).
We can stop trying to be strong and all-sufficient. We can freely admit that we are weak and depleted. We can trust, this day, that He will replenish us with His strength.
Richard Sibbes has said it so well:
“As a mother is tenderest to the most diseased and weakest child, so does Christ most mercifully incline to the weakest. Likewise he puts an instinct into the weakest things to rely upon something stronger than themselves for support. The vine stays itself upon the elm, and the weakest creatures often have the strongest shelters… The God who dwells in the highest heavens dwells likewise in the lowest soul. Christ’s sheep are weak sheep, and lacking in something or other; he therefore applies himself to the necessities of every sheep. He seeks that which was lost, and brings again that which was driven out of the way, and binds up that which was broken, and strengthens the weak. His tenderest care is over the weakest.” (The Bruised Reed, p. 10; 14, emphasis mine).
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