Recently a faithful friend gave me a hug and asked how I was. I told her I was exhausted. She knew a lot of what had been going on, so she understood.
Then she leaned in and said these words:
“Do not grow weary in doing good.”
Immediately I knew she had referenced a scripture in Galatians.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Her words immediately drew tears to my eyes … because I knew God saw me. He knew I was doing good things, but I was growing tired.
Friend, God sees you when you are weary!
But WHAT is God’s answer to us when we are weary?
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. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but 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 40:28–31 (NIV) (bolding added)
It is not a surprise to God when we become weary. God wants us to know that when we are tired or weary, we can put our HOPE IN HIM! He will renew our strength!
There are so many reasons that we may become weary:
The weight of this world and all that concerns us can weigh us down.
We can get overwhelmed at all the things that we have to do.
We may question if we are on the right track, and even doubt that we are doing good, and that can exhaust us.
Doing good in this life… working, caring for others, our own health, encouraging another when we are tired ourselves can feel overwhelming.
When we become tired, we can doubt that we are able to do what God has called us to do. In my book Continuous Peace, I have compiled truths to equip those who feel like they are not able or not enough. Isn’t that how we can feel when we become weary?
I hope this excerpt from my book encourages you as it has encouraged me.
“Truth is: I am not able, but God is able. He is in me and He has enabled me. He will instruct me and teach me in the way I should go. He will help me to do all that I am called to do. God will give me strength when I am weary. When I am weak, He will increase my power. My hope is in the Lord. He will renew my strength to walk, run, and even soar like the eagles. He counsels me with His loving eye upon me. By His grace I am built up and set apart for His purposes.”
Knowing God’s truth helps me to remember it is so much less about me… and so much more about placing my hope in God as I serve, love, and care for others.
In our everyday lives we can place our TRUST and our HOPE in the One who never grows weary!
He will strengthen us,
P.S. Wanna see what I’ve been working on? Check out the front page of my website: DawnMarasco.com