We all become weary. At some point in our Christian faith, we become tired of doing good. When we look around, it seems like no one else is “doing good,” so why should we? We do the right thing only to see others getting ahead of us. It’s frustrating. It sometimes forces us to entertain in our minds the question, “When is God going to come through?”
So, what do we do when we are weary, and we feel like giving up on doing good? Or what do we do when it seems that God isn’t coming through?
Throughout Scripture, there are men and women who faced the temptation of giving up trying to do good.
In Isaiah 40, the Israelites were in Persian exile under the rule of King Cyrus. Many of the Israelites were holding on to the promise God had made to them to bring them back to Israel.
For years, they had been “doing good,” yet they had not seen God work on their behalf. In their weariness, they began to ask the question, “When is God going to come through?”
Knowing their hearts and thoughts, God speaks through Isaiah and says, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall” (Isaiah 40:29–30 NIV).
Now pause and read that again. Gives strength to the weary… even youths grow tired and weary.
In other words, God doesn’t condemn us for being weary. In fact, he has compassion for us during the weary seasons of life. That should come as incredible encouragement.
And the next verse should give us a sense of peace and hope.
“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:31 NIV).
This is current reality for some of us right now. God isn’t coming through for us and we are tired of waiting on him.
Would you be willing to read Isaiah 40 every day for one week and ask God to renew your strength?
When you do, I believe God will hear the cry of your heart and renew your strength.