To The Weary
Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
I feel that as much as it is necessary for us to be constantly seeking and pursuing unity in the body of Christ, what is of greater importance is to have a firm foundation in our Father, not just because of His promises or what He can offer us, but to be able to just come before Him and worship Him for who He is and for how much He has done for us that we are able to have the life we are leading now. To be a people that truly know God and desire that His will be done here on Earth is something that I feel all believers of Christ should have written in our hearts. Therefore, today, I have decided to just take this time to encourage those who are getting weary in this journey that you have so courageously decided to take up the moment you were brought into His House and made His child.
As a person, it is inevitable to react and to have feelings towards certain things or certain people. In fact, I too, have days when I feel great and other days where I feel not-so-great. In the past, I was greatly affected by this. As my emotions swayed from one extreme to the other, so would the way I treated people whom I was close with. With all my day to day activities going on and with all my other commitments, I started finding myself spending lesser and lesser time with God and getting caught up in the routine of my mundane life. Soon after, I became sick and tired of what I was doing. I was weary. It didn’t take me long to realise that I had gotten the order of things wrong from the very start. The Word of God says in Matthew 6:33 that “But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” When I knew that I was working with my own strength, I was then aware of what I should do to rectify the problem. Honestly, the hardest part always lies with the execution and you might want to know that to date, it is still a work in progress for me, though I must say that I have indeed learnt to trust God more.
Friends, change can be immediately experienced but there are some that do not occur overnight. These kinds of changes require long hours in the furnace of refinement, solitude and surrender in your personal Gethsemanes and the desperate clinging to God and His Word when all seems lost. What is most important is that even as you are walking this journey with Jesus on your own Calvary road, you can lift your head high and do it because God’s joy resides in you. Though circumstances are not desirable, you are at peace because you draw strength from the Holy Ghost that lives inside of you. Though we may not always feel joyful, but we are always in joy because we know we belong to the Father and that He loves us so.
Therefore, if you’ve started to feel the fatigue kick in, remember that it could be a sign for you to just return to where it all began and seek the Lord with all Your heart and to follow His will for your life. I am confident God will strengthen you and give you whatever you need to do all that you have been called to do excellently and with peace in your heart.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that even though I may have my own desires and my own plans, Your plans and purpose for me will be the one that will always prevail. I pray and ask, O’ Lord, that even when my life does not turn out the way I wanted it to be, You give me strength to see this as a change You are effecting in my life so that I may be pruned and bear more fruit. I thank You that even as the world changes and I go through the different seasons of my life, You are the only constant in my life and I can lean on You regardless of whatever that I am going through. Grant me peace, Father, that I may be able to stare at the storms and adversities in my life without feeling intimidated because I know that You are always with me, and may I abide in Your joy at all times. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.