Ever been weary? No brainer question huh?
Every been weary and someone has wanted/needed something from you? If you have/had small children you’re thinking “umm…everyday!”.
When you are weary, you just want to relax. The bed, the couch, a warm bath, etc, are the places you just want to be. Serving others is often the last thing on our mind. We often feel we just don’t have the energy to do so.
Jesus understands. He knew what it was like to be weary (and hungry and thirsty and sleepy), but it was at one of His weary points that He impacted a whole town of Samaria drawing them to Himself. In John 4:6, Jesus weary from His travels sits at a well where He encounters the Samarian woman. He needed to go through Samaria we read (verse 4) and I believe it was to minister to these Samaritans that were outcasts to the Jewish society. Jesus did not let weariness keep Him from ministering.
In those times of weariness, ask Him for strength and rely on His strength (His strength is made perfect in our weakness, 2 Corinthians 12:9). Those times can be some of the sweetest time of ministry because we get to see Him come through. But if we don’t minister anytime we are weary, then the enemy will find a way to keep us wearied and tired.
Jeremiah 12:5 states, “If you have run with the footmen and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with the horses? And if in the land of peace in which you trusted they wearied you, then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan?” In other words, if the small battles weary you and make you sit out, you won’t stand a chance when the bigger battles come.
So saints, keep serving no matter how weary or how hard your day was. Understand Jesus is both our rest (Matthew 11:28) and our strength, and one day we will no longer have these battles. Until then serve through the weariness and watch how the Lord will use you.
Often those anointed appointments we spoke about on Sunday come at the times of weariness.
Sunday’s message on John 4:1-26, titled “The Anointed Appointment”, can be found at www.refugesanger.com/teachings. This blog post is a devotional thought based on a point from the message.