I am so blessed that you have joined us for Day 1 of the Weariness to Strength study.
I really really pray that you will be encouraged today right down into your innermost being!!
Life has no guarantees that it will be easy.
Life can be downright hard.
It is our focus that helps us to rise above the weariness we can experience and give us strength.
Setting our eyes on Jesus
This is the only way to relieve weariness when we have to keep going when we are totally spent.
As you read over the short selections from this Grace Study, I want you to remember to keep your eyes on Jesus.
It is easy to focus on our weariness and then slip into depression or even despair.
Jacob Escapes from Esau
41 So Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him, and Esau said in his heart, “The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then I will kill my brother Jacob.”
42 And the words of Esau her older son were told to Rebekah. So she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said to him, “Surely your brother Esau comforts himself concerning you by intending to kill you. 43 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice: arise, flee to my brother Laban in Haran. 44 And stay with him a few days, until your brother’s fury turns away, 45 until your brother’s anger turns away from you, and he forgets what you have done to him; then I will send and bring you from there. Why should I be bereaved also of you both in one day?”
46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, “I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth; if Jacob takes a wife of the daughters of Heth, like these who are the daughters of the land, what good will my life be to me?” Genesis 27:41-46
Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
This short passage is about Esau’s hatred for his twin brother Jacob.
In the culture of the day, the father would give a special blessing to the oldest son near the end of his (the father’s) life. As the story unfolds, Esau first sells his birthright to his twin brother, Jacob. To make matters worse, Jacob tricks Esau out of the blessing.
Choices that our children make can have a chain effect.
The hatred that Esau had for Jacob took him down a destructive path where he ended up choosing, Judith, as his wife from the daughters of Heth.
Not a good choice!
Rebekah was heartbroken.
Ooooh the tears she must have shed!
And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me? ~Genesis 27:46~
Rebekah felt like her whole life was of no good any longer
She was probably thinking of all those years raising the boys.
Along with her mistakes, sin, and she was in utter despair thinking if the boys did not grow up to love God that it all was no use!
She was well aware of the consequences poor choices would bring as the years would unfold.
Have you been there?
Do you have children who grew up and made poor choices?
That is the most devastating circumstance that a mother will ever face!
I have been there with some of our children. I can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt that without God’s grace, I would be living in utter depression.
Depression and despair don’t have to be the end of the story for a mom when her children turn from God.
There is HOPE when we are looking unto Jesus because He is the author and finisher of our faith.
When we have our focus on Jesus, our weariness will begin to lift from our shoulders and we will have the strength of the Lord.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Ephesians 6:10
Are you weary and needing to tap into the strength of the Lord? How can I pray for you?