Intimacy with Jesus: Overcoming Weakness and Weariness
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. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
Intimacy with Jesus doesn’t mean that you’ll never grow weak or weary. Even Jesus in “The Garden” (where He experienced one of His Darkest-Hours) grew weak and weary as he looked ahead at drinking the cup of the world’s sin on the cursed-tree, the cross. Both the gospels and the Epistles (letters) and the book of Acts account for people just getting tired, downcast, weary, and plumb-tired-out. So- Isaiah the prophet begins with the most encouraging words, “He never grows weak or weary.” And Jesus- the son of man and Son of the Omnipotent God who never grows weary waves us over and says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Are you weary? Are you carrying heavy burdens- so heavy that you feel you almost have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome- if not- you actually now do?
Be of good cheer reader- on the one hand Isaiah promises that those who trust the Lord will find new strength. And on the other- the Omnipotent Son of God says, “I will give you rest.” On the one hand we trustingly wait and on the other hand we go to Jesus and he gives us 3 steps as we either walk or simply crawl to him whether head-under-pillow all burned-out or eyes wide-open with the yawn of despair.
First Jesus says, “Come.” “Anyone who comes to Him must first believe that He is; and that He rewards those who earnestly come/believe to/in Him. Second, the Lord Jesus says, “Take my yoke upon you.” The whole idea here is when a new Ox was training with an older and more seasoned Ox (the Lord Jesus in this Parable), he would learn the way and path and the ins and outs of being an Ox pulling the plough of everyday life. The young Ox would feel a tug if going off course and it would sense Freedom when keeping in step. So- pulling away was the bondage of hardship struggling with the Head Ox and Freedom from hardships unneeded when keeping in step with the Head-Ox. Third, the Lord, Jesus- promised to teach us. Teach us what? How to handle life, life’s burdens, weariness, walking the narrow path and eventually just how to Rest in Him to find what Isaiah said/prophesied to be tangibly true- so we can run and not grow weary and walk and not faint.
That’s surviving. Then there is thriving, mounting-up with wings as Eagles. Reader, where are you at today? Are you mounting up with wings of Eagles and simply finding God’s strength and Grace sufficient in your weakness? Oh How He Loves Us. Think about what’s being said here- it’s just as much for you as it is for me- it is so close- it is even touching your very lips- this profession of faith in Christ- the Omnipotent who never grows weary or tired. He has the Strength and Solutions to our problems we need to experience and hear. He knows when you need Iron and He knows when a Thyroid or some other chemical imbalance exists. He made us and the Molecules that can help us- so, even medicine isn’t outside of the scope of the One who is there in your situation and knows your problems. He is there. Oh that we would just simply “Come” unto Jesus fully, freely, and faithfully.