Have you ever been burdened with a great sense of soul weariness? Are you weary? Does your soul feel heavy laden? I think I could say that this country was really weary after the election ended. And the other day, I walked into the grocery store, and I noticed that people just looked weary and tired.
I’ve got to do this. I’ve got to buy that. I’ve got to get good grades. I’ve got to… I’ve got too….
Have you ever asked yourself these?
Do you hear people talk about stress, about how to deal with stress?
Civilization. The world is weary. People are weary of the hate speech, of the hate crimes, of the murder and persecution that happens around us.
And it isn’t right. None of all this that is happening is right. It’s all wrong. And that’s why it wearies us.
Because ultimately, this isn’t how God created us to be.
People ask, ‘How could a good God let bad things happen?’
But the thing that happened at the dawn of creation was that God CREATED the world GOOD, because God is good.
‘Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.’ (Psalm 107:8-9)
Yet man thought that the devil was telling the truth, and he and his wife listened to the lies. And we fell. We fell from our relationship with God, from walking, living, breathing communion and worship with God.
And that’s why the world has pain, SIN, weariness, suffering… It’s because of us. It’s because of me. The only time I’ve been hurt is by sin and its effects.
After the fall we became like vagabonds, wandering without God. ‘That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:’ (Ephesians 2:18)
That vital, soul satisfying relationship was gone, severed by sin, and it has been what has damaged mankind for milleniums.
Times of REFRESHING have come.
What is this great news that breaks in upon the scene? Guys, gals, I get SO excited about this the more I think about it especially because my heart is so burdened by those who are struggling with eating disorders, looking at themselves in the right way, (fill in the blank).
The internet tries to fill you up with solutions. It says that entertainment, sex, food, even drink will FILL your soul, but ask this deep burning question.
Do these things fill your soul or just satisfy for a night or a few hours?
Think about it. When people try to fix problems do they truly fix them? Or do they just blow the fan in a room and create the illusion that things are getting better when they really aren’t? Can you fix the longing, the hunger in your heart for something more?
I have such such such good news for you. There is no better news in the entire universe.
His name is Jesus Christ. ‘The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.’ (Matthew 4:16)
Christ Jesus isn’t just a good feeling. Christ Jesus is a PERSON, the God man, who came down from heaven to heal not just bodies but souls. The coming of Jesus brought a great light to a weary humanity. Jesus Christ was and is the oasis in the trackless desert.
The gospel is so simple. It’s not a 12 step. It’s this:
‘Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.’
When all was sin and shame and failure and just barely coping with life, God sent His Son, a MIGHTY rushing wind into a dead room. Look at the situation how it really is. Is there any other way to be ready to meet death, to live victoriously despite trials, to know that the sufferings of this present time aren’t worthy to be compared with the glory that WILL be revealed in us with Christ Jesus the Lord in eternity?
This message. It blots out, erases your sin, your enmity with God. It restores you to the essential basic, most wonderful relationship in the world, a relationship with the living God.
And it’s a relationship that humbles you, fills you, and fills you with awe. It makes you forget yourself and gaze at God.
The gospel does make you give up things, but it makes you give up self. Self is only draining but God fills.
“Then Job answered the Lord, and said, I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.’ (Job 42:1-6)
This message is so simple… His yoke is easy. His burden is light. It’s not the burden of having to get perfect grades and having to do it all before you die, because in Christ Jesus there is eternity, glory with God!
In Christ I can say that my soul alone is refreshed:
The fresh air has begin to blow.
He bore OUR sins in His own body on the tree. ‘Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.’ (1 Peter 2:24)
My sins, removed? It’s so wonderful, I can’t express it. No guilt. No condemnation.
And you hear God’s voice to you, in your soul tiredness, your weariness of this world, and it ENLIVENS you.
‘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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’ (Matthew 11:28-30)
Can you hear the comfort of His voice?
There are so many solutions out there, but none of them work on the soul, the most valuable essential part of us as a human being.
This risen Jesus puts life into the soul.
This victorious Jesus releases us from the fear of death, the bondage to that fear.
‘Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.’ (Hebrews 2:14-15)
Does anything else release man or woman from the fear of death?
I’m slowly learning… the more I read God’s Word, the more I learn about how unworthy I am and how kind and merciful God is, that joy unspeakable and full of glory in Christ.
It’s not just coping. It’s victory in Jesus.
To be a Christian isn’t to be a miserable moral man.
It’s the poor man from Acts 3 that was lame, paralyzed, inert, and Peter told him,’In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth RISE up and walk!’
But don’t look at me. Don’t look at what I’m saying.
Look at Jesus Christ, the only mediator between God and man. Look at God Almighty. See your need. Repent and times of refreshing will come from the presence of the Lord.
My soul has been so refreshed by these realizations. It’s not about me. It’s all about God’s Work in history, God’s compassion on man, God visiting and redeeming people, and God’s gift of salvation despite my filthy, dirty unworthiness.
How can I not be SO thankful for this the week of Thanksgiving?
And my soul has been so so refreshed by this being impressed on my soul over and over this week. Sometimes I just get robotics and mechanical and I forget the glory of God in the gospel and the life of God in the soul, and I become …. weary.
But this week and on into the future, I really pray and hope that I can be a reflection, more of an ambassador of hope for Christ Jesus. I know I will be feeble, but Christ is in me the hope of glory.
And I pray that in some way, you might see Jesus in me, and that you might know the soul refreshment that comes from His presence.
…. In the midst of all that soul refreshment, I am so grateful for the gifts that God gives, His mercies that last forever, and those include:
FOOD FREEDOM. It’s amazing to be able to just eat and… I think I’ve said it before but just forget about the eating and enjoy the moments, the gifts, the mercies of God forever!
Some of those moments have included:
An AMAZING bowl of Sunday Morning yogurt with Rachel’s Overnight Oats, Chocolate, Craisins, and Naturally Nutty Sunflower Butter.
PERFECT Bars – I discovered these at Whole Foods, or I should say that I knew that these flavors were at Whole Foods, so it was so fun to get a few there a couple days ago.
Bhappy Peanut Butter and more… peanut butter… 🙂
Finding Square Bars at … Whole Foods! (I didn’t buy any, but … it was cool to see that they are there. They are my 2nd favorite protein bar)
And some … of the most AMAZING soup/stew I’ve ever had. It’s Christina’s Lasagna Stew recipe. Try it. You will not be disappointed.
‘Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven. He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the Lord.’ (Psalm 148:13-14)
And now I’m ready to go into the week with refreshment and …. thankfulness.
Linking up with Meg and all the other blogger friends at Week In Review, Katie for Marvelous Monday, and Lori for Moments of Hope. <3 This will be the weekly ‘Take Care of Your Temple Tuesday’ post too with Lyss. <3 HAPPY THANKSGIVING! So thankful for each one of you blog readers.
Is your soul weary?
Have you ever felt a deep soul weariness?
How have you been refreshed? <3