Shout It Out-The Weary Warrior, April 2020

Of all his giants Elijah had to face, the giant of fatigue may have been the strongest one. He worked very hard for the Lord and then had to flee for his life into the desert. There he collapsed from total exhaustion and discouragement and asked the Lord to take him. He was ready to die.

He felt like he was all alone, that he was the only one left not worshiping Baal the false god. It was then God sent His Angel to feed him, to strengthen him so he could go on to finish his work for the Lord. The food he received from the Angels kept him going in strength for 40 days!

Other followers also suffered moments of depression and seems it is a normal part of life, in a fallen world. There will be times when we are tempted to be discouraged, to despair or even give up. 

Jeremiah cursed the day of his own birth

Jeremiah 20:14 Cursed be the day I was born! May the day my mother bore me not be blessed!

Job spent many chapters regretting the day he was born. The entire chapter details his feelings.

Job 3:11-17 Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb? Why were there knees to receive me and breasts that I might be nursed? For now I would be lying down in peace; I would be asleep and at rest with kings and rulers of the earth, who built for themselves places now lying in ruins, with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver.

Or why was I not hidden away in the ground like a stillborn child, like an infant who never saw the light of day? There the wicked cease from turmoil,
and there the weary are at rest.

Paul even despaired of his life while under pressure that was beyond his ability to endure.

2 Corinthians 1:8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.

Elijah, Jeremiah, Paul and Job went on to spend their lives loving God and serving Him. God will give us what we need to go on.

I remember being ready to give up on more than one occasion. My circumstances had beaten me down. I told the Lord I couldn’t go on anymore, I was so tired. When I had all I could take of it, He gave me His grace and strengthened me to go on. He healed me on the inside. He healed my broken heart, He bound up all my wounds. 

It is good that we as believers have hope in God and He is always with us fighting for us even when we have given up on ourselves. He will never leave us.

We all grow weary. I’m quite tired of this world and all the wickedness within it. I can’t give up. I am still on a mission from God. When my mission is over, when my work for Him is finished, He will send for me. Until then I will follow Him all of my days and share His Word and tell others about Jesus and what a wonderful Savior we have.

So the next time you get discouraged or despair, feel like quitting or giving up remember Elijah, Jeremiah, Job and Paul. When God’s children think they can’t take anymore, God does a work in them and gives them whatever they need to keep on running this race until time to come home to Him. 

It doesn’t matter your circumstances, some will take you to the brink, to the edge, and then the Lord shows up. I learned that if the Lord puts you in it He will go through it with you, regardless what the circumstances are. When our strength runs out we have His and His never runs out. He is a mighty great God.

I want you to step back and remember the fact that, you are a child of God, a chosen one. Our Father in heaven is the most powerful person ever. He loves you. The power of the Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives inside us. We can do anything through Christ who strengthens us.

When the weight of this world gets too heavy, turn your thoughts from it. Go to the secret place and focus your thoughts on Jesus. No matter what life throws at us we have a Savior who takes care of us. We are going to spend eternity with Him. All this stuff in this earth is temporary, and personally I will be glad when it’s over. I know we still have more to do or we wouldn’t be here and I will continue to do my part and you have to as well. Until He calls us home, He is not going to ask us to do more than He designed us to handle.

Colossians 1:11 We pray that you will have the strength to stick it out over the long haul-not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy.                

A prayer for you:  

Lord I ask that You will shield the reader from fear and anxious thoughts, shield them from suffering. If they must go through it Lord, give them your unfailing strength to bear it. Help them to put aside all anxious thoughts, fear and imaginations. Remove strongholds in their minds and place Your thoughts there. Remind them You are their strength and shield. Renew their heart, refresh their mind so they can soar on the wings of the eagles, no matter what’s going on around them. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.

God bless. Heal the brokenhearted, bind up all their wounds.