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. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 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.
Mental, physical, and emotional fatigue are commonplace. The pace, challenges, and problems of life wear us down. Which begs a question. Were our grandparents and great-grandparents as overwhelmed as we seem to be?
Researchers say “no.” There’s nothing in the survey data to indicate our ancestors experienced anything like what we’re going through.
Of course, an argument could be made that the generations of today have grown soft. We’re more likely to whine over our problems and irritants than those of old.
When I was in high school, I played sports and stayed in pretty good physical condition. One day, my granddad asked if I wanted to help him bale hay at a friend’s farm. My grandmother lobbied for the outing, thought it would be good for the two of us to spend some time together. So, I agreed. At the time he was in his 70s and I was 17. Since I was younger and in my prime, I decided to work at a pace he could keep up with. It would be disrespectful to make him look bad.
And so, we went to work. Most of the day was spent in the field riding on a tractor. Later in the afternoon, we moved to the barn, where we lifted bales of hay from the loft and threw them into a bin below. That’s when I was hit in the face with reality. Fatigue overcame me, and instead of slinging hay bales, I sat down on one. Granddaddy, however, kept on going, and he didn’t stop until the job was finished.
In fact, I saw those old people work physically harder than you and I would ever think possible. They didn’t need to go to the gym or workout with an exercise video to stay physically fit. And they went through extreme hardships, and toughed it out without ever consulting WebMD on the internet. They dressed their own wounds and only called a doctor when they were severely ill.
I submit, life has always been tough. And I disagree with today’s experts who paint this as the most stressful time in history. Can you imagine how Noah felt after being cooped up for 40 days and nights in an ark with his family and two of every animal species?
Life will remain fatiguing and, at times, overwhelming until the Lord comes back. Whether you’re playing video games or digging ditches, troubles will find you, and you will be forced to deal with it. You can either wring your hands and throw a pity party or turn to the only help that is always available and completely reliable.
In our focus text we read, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” (v29) God may not take away all your problems, but He will give you the strength to get through it.
I know I probably shouldn’t, but sometimes I grow tired of all the whiners crying over trivial matters. Lord help them when they’re faced with a serious problem. Not that it would do a bit of good, but I want to tell them to shut up and take advantage of the remedy used since ancient times. You don’t need a safe space, stress stick, a chill pill, or a rubber ball to squeeze.
… 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 40:31
Are you overly fatigued or stressed by work or a heavy burden? The Lord, who never grows tired or weary, is only a prayer away.
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Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.