Do you ever get tired? Of course you do. Our bodies were made to get tired. We were made to get run down, so that our need for strengthening would be noticed. We need water, food, and sleep—everyday. We cannot function over an extended period of time without these.
But what about when we get tired of life? We get tired of going here and there. Life drains us emotionally and physically, and we get tired of dealing with all that is involved with life. We develop negative attitudes, grow weary, and become depressed.
Then, we feed ourselves vacations, comfort foods, and other stuff that momentarily satisfies in order to attempt to manage our tiredness. We then produce habits, which become addictions. Our dependancies lead to the glorification of people and things as supreme in our lives.
And we are still tired. So what should we do with this?
We must persevere, and the key to perseverance is hope. Hope in something big. For the Christ-follower, this hope is found in Jesus through an eternal perspective and biblical worldview.
Romans 5:3-5 says, “We know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.”
God promises to be the only source of true strength when we are tired, weary, and depressed. We must go to Him and rest in Him. We must lean on Him and trust in Him. We must persevere in His strength, not ours.
We do this by looking forward. The Apostle Paul wrote about looking forward in one of the most compelling pieces of Scripture in the Bible:
“But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)
Paul realized that hope is found only by endlessly staring intently at Jesus and resting in His presence, while striving to imitate Him. This is what we are called to.
There is one reason most of us get overwhelmed by life: We give exceeding value to relationships and things other than God. We do this when our eyes come off the Cross, when our focus is no longer—even just for a moment—the reality that Jesus died for us sinners and seeks to redeem us to display His glory through our weak, fragile lives.