You can get tired, from time to time, following Jesus.
Yes, it’s the most exhilarating, fulfilling, meaningful life you can live. But you can get tired and weary on your journey to the Celestial City, too.
I was reminded of it when I came across a little phrase in the book of Judges. Gideon, an unlikely military leader and his army of three hundred (also unlikely) are chasing the Midianites. Chapter 8, verse 4, says, “The Gideon and the 300 men who were with him came to the Jordan and crossed over, weary yet pursuing.” Gideon and his men were pursuing, but they were also weary. Their pursuit was the right thing to do – God had told Gideon that he and his men would be victorious – but that didn’t mean they wouldn’t get tired along the way (or that it would be easy). Yet, despite their weariness, they put one foot in front of the other and kept going.
In our pursuing of our Lord Jesus Christ, sometimes we get tired and weary. As we seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness, we’ll get weary from time to time. There are times when our “tank is full” and we pursue the Lord with energy and enthusiasm, but there are also times when the “tank” seems to be running on fumes.
What should we do when we find ourselves “weary yet pursuing”?
- Realize that it’s normal. We get tired and only our pride keeps us from admitting it.
- Make sure you’re weary for the right reasons. Sometimes, we’re just working too hard or not getting enough rest. we may even be thinking that our work is indispensable in God’s Kingdom – it isn’t.
- Keep going. Even if you’re moving slowly, you’re still moving.
- Ask the Lord to give you the power of His Holy Spirit as you put one foot in front of the other and continue your pursuit. Weariness should drive us to depend on God.
- Be grateful that God has given you the desire and ability to pursue Him by His grace and mercy!
- Remember that Jesus become more than weary for us – He sacrificed Himself to reconcile us to His Father. May we pursue Him when we’re weary and when we’re not!