I have a sign on the wall in my living room that reads: Grace is when God gives us what us what we don’t deserve. Mercy is when God doesn’t give us what we do deserve. But even living in Grace, life is still hard for many of God’s people. Someone who has struggled with many trials or with particularly difficult, long lasting trials often become tired, even overwhelmed. I’ve been there a few times during my life.
I have faith, I know God is always in control and watching over His people, of which I am one, even so, at times I get weary and I ask God to call me home. I would never do any thing to harm myself, but like Paul I yearn to be with the Lord and leave this world. There are times when I ask God why I am still here. I am not alone. I’ve spoken with others who have admitted they’ve asked God the same question. Perhaps you have had a time in your life, or are currently experiencing such a time. Weariness happens to all of us, after all, we are only human. We all experience weakness and times of trials and that is okay, as long as we never forget that the decisions of life and death are rightfully in God’s hand – not ours.
I am sure you have at some point in your life heard another saying: God never gives us more than we can handle. But that is not quite true. There are many who experience more than they can deal with, but if you have Christ you can rest in the assurance that we never experience more than Christ can carry. Trials and weariness comes, we live in a world of ever increasing violence, hate and turmoil. The world economy is a roller-coaster, in our own country many wonder if they will have medical insurance, or even a job in the near future. Many of our politicians are more concerned in continuing to fight and at times amp up a battle between republicans and democrats, than find solutions. While our president – well let’s just say people either love him or hate him. His rhetoric and behavior leaves little room for a middle ground. There are countries who threaten the U.S. who have developed nuclear missiles that can now reach our country. As Christians we deal with hate and hostility from the LGBT community and pro-abortion groups to name just a couple. We all, to varying degrees have a lot of stress in our lives. It is enough to cause some Christians to desire to be absent from the body and present with Christ.
Scripture admonishes us to bear each other’s burdens but to do that we need to be honest about our weaknesses. We need to consider such honesty not as a sign of weakness, but as a step towards strength in Christ and His body – the church. We need to end the stigma of weakness and weariness. Are you willing to listen to another? Are you willing to share some of your own struggles and ask not just God, but your brothers and sisters in the church to pray for you and encourage you? True strength doesn’t deny, hide nor run from weakness, you need to trust God in the midst of your weakness. He promises to walk with us even through the valley of the shadow of death.