When I look around these days, I see many weary saints. The past year or so has been hard to say the least.
I too am feeling the weariness of the battle that seems to loom on and on, without letting up.
During my prayer time, God keeps leading me back to one place – the beginning.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)
Before anything was – during a time of chaos and darkness – there was the Word and the Word was God. It changed everything then and it can and will change everything now.
The Word is more necessary then ever during times of challenge and weariness.
I once heard Keith Moore say, “If you are weary or need to strengthen your spirit, read four chapters of the Bible each day – every single day.” When I feel myself becoming weary, I remember his words and read at least four chapters a day until I again, feel the strength of the Lord.
I remember, in the beginning, thinking that would take forever, who had time to do that? In truth, it only took a short while and it really was a faith builder. More times than not, I didn’t even want to stop at four chapters. And if you want to make it even more powerful, read the chapters out loud.
Recently, I was studying the scripture in the New Testament that says, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” These were the words of Jesus in Matthew 11:28.
We’ve all become familiar with this scripture, I know I have. But what I discovered was that it was referenced to an Old Testament scripture I love.
Jeremiah 6:16 says, “Thus, says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls.”
I believe these three verses are showing us the way forward is the old path, where the good way is. The way of Jesus and the Word. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” Jesus and the Word and God are one. It is the way through. It’s HIS path…
It is the way to rest for your soul.
Perhaps you are feeling weary. Maybe even soul weary – if so, there is a way to peace and rest. It is found by looking for the old path – where the good way is. It is by casting your burden upon Jesus knowing He cares for you and will give you rest. And it is by digging and digging and digging in the Word of God.
Challenge yourself. Take ONE MONTH and read four chapters a day – every single day. Then let me know how you feel at the end of the month. Do you have more rest? More peace? More faith? Have your burdens become lighter?
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Give it a try.
My prayer for you is that at the end of the month, you will be restore, refreshed, rested and filled with the Zoe life of God…may it be so.