by Vanessa Davis Griggs
At some point, all of us get a little tired. Whether it’s something you’ve been doing all of your life, or something that you’re beginning to do that seems to beat you down at times. It can be a physical tiredness, or one that comes from the inside. God gives us a way to recoup from the physical tiredness (sleep and rest), but what about the spiritual tiredness, the spiritual exhaustion we may experience?
Spiritual exhaustion. You know, when God has told you to do something, but it appears no one is responding to what you’re trying to do. Maybe you’re a pastor and the congregation is fighting you on what God has instructed you. Maybe you’re a member of a congregation with a gift God bestowed upon you (not a talent, there is a difference), but a cap has been placed on what you’re allowed to do. When you’re capped, it doesn’t matter who’s doing the capping (the leader, members, yourself, or the devil), capped is capped. Maybe you’ve written a book and you’re having trouble securing a publisher, or it’s published but not selling the way other books are doing (you know the books).
Maybe you feel like you’ve been fighting for so long, believing things were going to get better or help would come, and you’re tired now. You put yourself out there to do the work of Lord, but you’re not sure if anyone is even receiving it. What do the tired do?
Isaiah 40:29 says, “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.” Without going any further than that verse, that’s a Word right there for someone. God gives power to you when you’re weak. And when you feel you can’t take another step, he increases your strength. Isaiah 40:30 goes on to say, “Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall.”
Strength has nothing to do with age. Young people get tired and weary, so it’s not the getting up in age that makes one weary. When you try and try and try, and do and do and do, you’re bound to get tired or worn out sometimes. However, Isaiah 40:31 declares, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Wait upon the Lord! God will renew your strength. Renew means to make new again. If you renew a membership, you add time back to it. Just that should be enough to encourage you right now. But that verse goes even further by saying that you’ll mount up with wings. Can we stop here for a second? Where you were on your feet making it, now you’re going to mount up with wings. Most of us know if we have a choice between walking, driving, riding in a car, bus, or train to a place, or to fly, we’d prefer flying. Face it, flying can get you there a lot faster. When God renews your strength, He will put you on the fast track with wings. And not just any wings, but wings as eagles—a bird that soars with majesty and grace, and looks good doing it, too.
And for those times when you must run, you’ll run, but you won’t get weary. If you have to walk, you’ll walk and not faint. There’s no god like our God. There’s no god like Jehovah. Nobody can do you like Jesus. God cares about you and every aspect of your life. So when you’re feeling tired, beat up, beat down, or wondering why keep doing or keep going when it appears no one seems to care. When you feel like what you’re doing is not making a difference, I say to you: “Wait on the Lord!” God is doing a supernatural thing in, with, and for you. And your strength is being renewed daily! Soar!
Copyright © 2009 Vanessa Davis Griggs All rights reserved
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About the author
Vanessa Davis Griggs is an author and motivational speaker who adores the power of words both written and spoken. At the end of 1996, this former BellSouth employee left 18 years of service and stepped out on faith as she pursues her purpose and passion—writing and speaking. Resides in Irondale (a city just outside of Birmingham ) Alabama and is the recipient of numerous recognitions and awards which includes June 2007 recipient of the Arts and Letters Award from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Birmingham Alumnae Chapter, March 2006 recipient of The Greater Birmingham Millennium Section National Council of Negro Women Inspiration Award, and 2004-2005 Jasper Outstanding Achievement Award.
Novels: Destiny Unlimited, The Rose of Jericho, Promises Beyond Jordan (BET Books/New Spirit), Wings of Grace (BET Books/New Spirit). Wings of Grace is available as an audiobook. A trilogy released by Kensington/Dafina beginning with Blessed Trinity, Strongholds, and If Memory Serves, and May 26, 2009, Practicing What You Preach releases (these last four books will be released as audiobooks in 2009).
She pens a weekly column for The Birmingham Times called May I Have a “Word” With You? She’s a faithful servant and a child of the Most High God.
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