Do you have things in your life that were once exciting that now feel like a chore? Maybe it’s your job, or your studies, or (God forbid) your marriage.
My point is, we should never be led by our feelings.
YOU’RE BEING TESTED
I’ve wrestled with weariness myself lately but I realize my flesh is simply being tested. Why else do we have scriptures like: “Press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14), unless we’re really supposed to do what it says and press.
I’m preaching to myself right now. (But isn’t that what blogging is about?) There are days when you and I have to put forth real effort to reach our goals. One thing is for sure… our goals will never be reached just by wishing.
WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO?
A good friend in the ministry, Dr. Larry Hutton, said something that will help all of us: “Faith comes by hearing and faith leaves by not hearing.”
If we’re listening to our feelings, we will be led astray. If we’re listening to the voice of doubt (from friends, relatives, or even in our own thoughts), we’ll slow our pace or worse, quit altogether.[Tweet “If Heaven seems quiet, it may be because your next instruction will follow your next obedient action.”]
Too many times, instead of getting something new in prayer, we’re really just asking God to repeat Himself because we’ve gotten weary in the journey. But God doesn’t operate that way. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). If God had to repeat every instruction He’s given us, then where’s faith?
The good news is, the moment you push past your negative feelings and do what God has asked, He will honor your act of faith with positive feelings. (Kind of like the way I feel right now after writing than I did before while dragging my feet.) In other words… [Tweet “Feelings aren’t all bad– but they should always be a reward, not a direction.”]
It’s a shame that are modern greeting is, “How are you feeling?” since this is the complete opposite of faith. But then again, I guess it can be used as an opportunity to deny our (real) feelings and push forward in authentic faith.
DON’T GET WEARY
One of my favorite go-to scriptures when I’m feeling the pressure is 2 Thessalonians 3:13, “But as for you brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.” I read this as a command, not a suggestion. We need to emphasize the word DON’T. In other words, don’t do it. Don’t give in. Resist the temptation! Life is pulling at us from every angle possible but we DON’T have to let weariness drag us under the bus.
I always try to view weariness as the enemy himself. And I don’t easily or with knowledge give him a place in my life so even when I am weary, I fight back. Is it easy? Not always. But when you make a decision to do something, you can do anything –including conquering the enemy of weariness.
So I’m challenging myself today: Push toward the goal despite how I feel. My reward is on the other side.
Make this your goal too!