Sunday, March 10, 2019
“Lord, I’m Tired”
Becoming tired, being weary and feeling fatigue is experienced that most people deal with along life’s journey.
The Creator made us with several components – Mind, body, and spirit.
We all are susceptible to being tired, weary and feeling fatigue of the mind (emotionally), body (physically,) and (spiritually.)
When Paul penned the words of today’s text, I think that he fully understood what it was like to know what it was lie to experience being tired, being weary, and having fatigue of mind, body, and spirit.
He gave all of himself in living out his life for the Glory of God and in doing all that he could to help the 1st century churches.
He became tired, fatigued and weary not in what he was called to do, he experienced these things in doing them.
Perhaps looking back on his life as he wrote some of his final words to his spiritual son Timothy. This is why he said “I have run the good race, I have finished the course and I have kept the faith.”
Through times of vigor and times of strength, through times of weakness and weariness. He never quit, he kept going to the finish line to reap what he had adequately sowed.
How did Paul do it How did he keep going even through some extremely tough situations? How did he fight through the times of tiredness, or weariness and fatigue?
Simply – He took time to rest. He took time to minister to his well being, to let his mind, his body, his spirit to rest and heal.
In the flesh, even Jesus got tired, got weary and felt fatigue.
When he began to feel these coming on and occurring he did what he need to do.
He took time to rest, to let his mind, his body and his spirit become refreshed so that he could keep going.
The Lord experienced these acts and he understood that if he got too tired, too weary, too fatigued, then he was not against one able to get done what his Father had called him to do.
He did get tired, weary and fatigued of doing what his Father called him to do, he experienced these things in doing so.
It was for his Father and others that he had to feel these and experience our mental, physical and spiritual weariness.
Christ had to know how we fell, how we suffer at times so that he could bear those burdens on our behalf.
Hebrews 4:15 says: “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”
Matthew 11:28-29 explains that Jesus asks us to let him bear our fatigue weariness, our tiredness, our burdens, our afflictions, our infirmities, our downcast minds, souls, and our broken bodies and our aching hearts.
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
In Luke he relates that Jesus was in the synagogue and he was permitted to read scripture, he read from the book of Isaiah ad this is what he read: Isaiah VS 18,19,21 “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he that appointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he that sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he began to say unto them, this day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”
For others, for his Father, for us, Jesus did grow and experience emotional, physical and spiritual, tiredness, weariness and fatigue.
He needed time of rest, admonished his disciples to do the same.
John 4:6: “Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.” (Noon Jewish time)
Mark 4:38a: “And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow:”
Mark 6:31: “And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while:”
Now in John 17, Jesus told Peter, James and John to pray while he prayed to his Father about the passing of the cup from him.
Three times instead of raying he found them sleeping. He finally acknowledged their weariness and told them to sleep on.
We cannot even begin to imagine the pressure, the stress and the daily pressure cooker that Jesus experienced and lived.
People pressing him, crying for him to heal their blindness, their lame legs, people that were incapable of helping themselves with the physical emotional and spiritual downtrodden.
Exercising and battling demons the Pharisees breathing down his neck, his countrymen denying his Messianic status and throwing him under the proverbial bus.
The disciples infighting, dealing with their egos, their lack of faith.
No wonder he needed rest and relaxation to recharge his batteries.
We cannot even imagine the pressure and stress of his passion.
How did he ever do it?
The emotional, physical, and spiritual torture that he endured was beyond our ability to really get our brains wrapped around.
Over 36 hours of brutality, sleep deprivations torture.
Listen, if Jesus could take it, then, we can make it.
Do you ever experience emotional, physical and spiritual tiredness, weariness and fatigue? I sure do.
Do you have moments and times of despair where it just feels like you’re spinning your wheels everyday?
In our lives and in our culture, it is a miracle if we don’t ever experience these things.
We live fast paced, busy, and at times overwhelming days too.
How many times hav we ever said “Lord, I’m tired.”
We can mean this two ways:
- Just as an exclamation – “Lord, I’m tired or we can say it in a way to truly seek the Lord. “Lord, I’m tired”.
When we say those words sometimes it’s our own fault when we get that way.
Sometimes the demands of life get us to the point of tiredness, weariness and fatigue.
Jesus understands because he experienced those things too.
Take time to recharge your batteries, get rest for your mind, your body and your spirit.
Don’t say I’m too busy to do that. If you say that then you’re too busy.
Sometimes we just have to tell our kids “No” our grand kids “No” our spouse “no” and even our Pastor “No”.
God will speak to others to help us. Exodus 17:12-13
“But Moses hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
God will send his ministering angel to help us.
Acts 12:6-7 “6 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison.
7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.”
God himself will always be there.
Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”
We will get tired, weary and have fatigue, it is a normal thing, they don’t have to defeat you.
Be strong, be courageous, take time to get better again.
Jesus had to take it to ensure that we will make it.
Don’t grow weary of helping others, in working at what God has asked you to do, but understand that you may very well grow weary in doing them.
You can take it and I know that through the Grace of God you will make it.