Beware The Spirit of Weariness #BishopSueNti
All adversaries wait for you to become weary to take advantage of you, or take you out. So many things cause weariness. Conflict, change of circumstances, loneliness and many other issues can cause fatigue and symptoms of weariness like tiredness, sleeplessness, slow reflexes, body pains, moodiness and irritability, errors and accidents.
When David’s own son Absalom wanted to get rid of his own father to ascend the throne, he gained access and insight into his father’s private and confidential life by befriending Ahithophel who was his fathers confidant.
In 2 Samuel 17:1-2 “Ahithophel said to Absalom, “I would choose twelve thousand men and set out tonight in pursuit of David. I will come upon him while he is weary and discouraged and throw him into a panic, and all the people who are with him will flee. I will strike down only the king.”
David himself grew weary, and those around David protected him when he was weary. How do you protect yourself? What do you do to avoid being taken out when you are tired? Who protects you? Who do you rely on to sustain you from weariness? Do you protect those around you from weariness?
We read in 2 Samuel 21:15 l-17,
“Now when the Philistines were at war again with Israel, David went down and his servants with him; and as they fought against the Philistines, David became weary.
And Ishbi-Benob, one of the descendants of Rapha, whose bronze spearhead weighed three hundred shekels and who was armed with a new sword, said he would kill David.
But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to David’s rescue; he struck the Philistine down and killed him. Then David’s men swore to him, saying, “Never again will you go out with us to battle, so that the lamp of Israel will not be extinguished.”
One of my favorite verses in David’s life is this one, “But David found strength in the LORD his God.” (1Sam 30:6b, NIV). Other translations are that he “strengthened himself” (NRSV) or “encouraged himself” (KJV) in the LORD his God.
In the Davidic Psalms of David we see how David went about strengthening himself.
“In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help.” (Psalm 18:6a)
“The LORD is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?
When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh,
when my enemies and my foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.” (Psalm 27:1-2)
“I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.
My soul will boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
This poor man called, and the LORD heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.” (Psalm 34:1-6)
“I waited patiently for the LORD;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear
and put their trust in the LORD.” (Psalm 40:1-3)
“As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food day and night,
while men say to me all day long, ‘Where is your God?’
These things I remember as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go with the multitude,
leading the procession to the house of God,
with shouts of joy and thanksgiving among the festive throng.
Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.” (Psalm 42:1-6a)
“Be merciful to me, O God, for men hotly pursue me; all day long they press their attack.
My slanderers pursue me all day long; many are attacking me in their pride.
When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?” (Psalm 56:1-4)
“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”
Turn to Jesus. He is our resting place. “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation]. Matthew 11:28
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.