Scripture is a vast resource of people who have faced all kinds of struggles in their lives at various times in history. However, even as I read of their struggles from years gone by, I find myself identifying with them in this modern day. One such struggle that I have recognized recently is simply weariness in the work of the Lord. While traveling on deputation, the days get long, the road stretches before me, and sometimes it is hard to get my desires in the right place. I am convinced that this is not a struggle that is exclusive to missionaries on deputation. There are probably areas of your life and ministry that become wearisome at times. May I share some personal thoughts from Paul’s struggles that have encouraged and energized my heart in the midst of weariness?
2 Corinthians 12:6-10: “For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
Paul, maybe more than any other New Testament saint, understood weariness. God placed a thorn in his flesh that would be a constant reminder of his weakness. This infirmity forced Paul to seek for divine enablement in all he did. He had come to the place that he was thanking God for that infirmity and other weaknesses in his life because it magnified God’s power resting on his life. I do not believe that the Lord gives every Christian a thorn in the flesh like Paul, but I am convinced that weariness in ministry forces me to trust in His divine enablement. It reminds me why I do what I do – it must all be for HIS GLORY!
May I encourage you to call on His divine enablement today and every day so that His grace can be your sufficiency and His power may rest on your life and ministry!