Get Rid of Weariness!
“Don’t grow weary in doing what’s right, for in due season you shall reap if you faint not.” (Galatians 6:9)
On the way to our victories we will always face the weariness test. We will be tempted to become discouraged and give up. The test never comes when we’re fresh. It never comes when we first start out. It always comes when we’re tired. That’s when we’re the most vulnerable.
The Apostle Paul said in Galatians 6:9, “Don’t grow weary in doing what’s right, for in due season you shall reap if you faint not.” Two words are the key to this whole passage; “faint not.” In other words, if you don’t give up, if you shake off the weariness, if you put on a new attitude knowing that God is still in control, if you dig your heels in and say, “I’ve come too far to stop now,” if you “faint not,” you will see the promise come to pass.
Instead of complaining about how long the battle is taking, we should say, “This too shall pass. I know it’s not permanent. It’s only temporary, I’m not camping here. I’m not moving forward.”
Weariness kept the people of Israel out of the Promised Land. They were close to their victory, next door to the Promised Land. God had already said He would give them the land. All they had to do was go in and fight for it. But they allowed weariness to set in. They had gone through the wilderness, overcoming obstacles, defeating all kinds of enemies. Then they grew tired. Moses tried to get them to go in, but weariness leads to discouragement.
When you’re discouraged you see the problem instead of the possibility. You talk about the way it is instead of the way it can become. The people of Israel started complaining: “Moses, our enemy is too big. We don’t have a chance. We’ll never defeat them.”
They made a permanent decision based on a temporary feeling. If you allow yourself to become weary and you lose your passion, you, too, will be tempted to make decisions based on how you feel rather than based on what you know.
When you feel that weariness come on, you need to pray to build strength. “God, You said You have armed me with strength for every battle. You said I can do all things through Christ who infuses inner strength into me. You said I am more than a conqueror, a victor and not a victim.” If you talk to yourself the right way, you will feel the second wind kick in.
But too often we do as the people of Israel did and think, “I can’t take this anymore. I’m so tired. I’m so rundown. It’s just too hard.” Yet, the more you talk about how tired you are the more tired you become. You’re just adding fuel to the fire. Don’t talk about the way you are. Talk about the way you want to be.
You need to have words of faith and victory coming out of your mouth. In other words, “This may be hard, but I know I’m well able. I’m equipped. I’m empowered. I am strong in the Lord.”
We all grow tired. We all become weary. In fact, if you never feel like giving up, then your dreams are too small. If you never feel like quitting, then you need to set some larger goals. When that pressure comes to be discouraged and to think you can’t take it anymore, that is completely normal. Every person feels that way at times.