A friend of mine posted on FaceBook the message…
“I’m so tired of not being a multimillionaire!”
… It was done in jest, and it brought a smile to my face thinking of how we as frail humans do become weary and unsatisfied with the circumstances we find ourselves in. So often we find ourselves ‘taking a different route to our destinations’, maybe picking a different destination altogether if we have that option, buying or making something new.
This caused me to consider what I might be ‘tired of’ in the path set before me by the Lord.
I’m so tired of not seeing Jesus!
I tried to turn this phrase a bit to apply it to The Way and the experience we Christians share. I thought to myself ‘I’m so tired of not seeing Jesus!’ Then, it struck me, ‘no I’m not, because He is with me constantly’. He is ever present in his role of the Good Shepherd guiding me along The Way.
Matthew 28:20 (NLT)
Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
He’s always there to comfort as my brother and wraps his arms around me and gives me strength when I have exhausted all my own and I’m at the limits of my abilities.
Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
His’ spirit guides me through the darkness of this world and gives me the light of His love to share with those around me.
Psalm 25:4-5 (NLT)
Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.
Psalm 73:23-24 (NLT)
Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny.
So, I’m ‘not’ tired of not seeing Jesus at all. Because I see him all the time!
I’m so tired of not having more!
Okay sure, let’s try another one. ‘I’m so tired of not having more!’ Oh how that went over like a lead balloon! Immediately I was reminded that with my comfort and strength come from the Lord that I have all that I need.
Philippians 4:19 (NLT)
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
Further I was reminded that as His, when I’m following in the path he wills for me that I have all that I ever truly desire.
No I guess I can’t say that even in jest!
I’m so tired of the battle!
Why? When you consider that He has our back, goes before us, and covers both flanks.
Romans 8:37-39 (NLT)
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Hebrews 13:5 (NLT)
Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”
Philippians 4:6 (NLT)
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NLT)
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
With backup of this intensity, defeat is not an option. He’s already won the victory! We just have to take possession of it. No, God’s got this, march onward.
I’m so tired of not getting rest!
Well I can’t even begin down this road before I hear the words “Come all you who are weary and I will give you rest!”
Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
Restoring of the soul isn’t all that God is doing for his children. He sustains and gives physical rest as well
Acts 2:26 (NLT)
No wonder my heart is glad, and my tongue shouts his praises! My body rests in hope.
Rest for the persecuted as well.
2 Thessalonians 1:6-8 (NLT)
In his justice he will pay back those who persecute you.
And God will provide rest for you who are being persecuted and also for us when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven. He will come with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, bringing judgment on those who don’t know God and on those who refuse to obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus.
This isn’t just your everyday rest it is special and abundant to only be fully realized when we are at the feet of our Lord.
Hebrews 4:9 (NLT)
So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God.
I’m so tired of not having challenges!
Are you kidding? Preaching the Gospel of Christ Jesus to all of the world? It might surprise you just how many have not heard the Good News. Here in Alabama they say we live in the Bible Belt Buckle yet you still find those who do not know the path to salvation though Jesus Christ.
Mark 16:15 (NLT)
And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.
Loving your enemies?
Matthew 5:44 (NLT)
But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!
Placing your neighbor ahead of yourself?
Matthew 22:37-39 (NLT)
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
How about forgiving others as Jesus forgives us?
If we forgot about all of the other challenges put forward in The Way, this single element would consume all our efforts to the fullest. When you consider that Jesus knew before he ever came to walk among us exactly what the costs of our redemption would be. Yet, because of His Love and Grace he forgave us in an instant. No hesitation. As much as I try, I find myself at times struggling to forgive. Perhaps I’m odd but I think that this is true of all of us.
Matthew 6:14-15 (NLT)
“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
No there is no wiggle room here. We have numerous efforts to challenge us each and every moment of each and every day.
So, that leaves me where God wants me
Satisfied where the Master would have me, serving Him. Now I wasn’t able to turn my friends comment on FB into much of spiritual significance but it did remind me of some very special things that I need to remember day by day as I follow the Lord’s footsteps.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
New person! Now that I think of it there really isn’t any reason to be tired of anything, because after all I become a ‘new person’ in Christ Jesus. So much to explore and seeing everything from His perspective. From His perspective my imperfections are made perfect, by his Grace. From His perspective my short comings are tools from which He is able to display his Power and reflect Glory back on His loving face. From His perspective, He is eager to see me succeed and has made a home for me which waits when my time here is finished.
Not tired anymore Jesus! Thank you!