Volume 2, Issue 16 March 2010
Don’t be Weary
Dr. Dennis Demuth
Here we are, a couple weeks after a great Spring break of 11 days of not having to teach and already I have
caught my self saying, “I need a vacation.” Jesus said in Matthew "Come to me, all you who are weary and
burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28, NIV) I guess this means that, although another
vacation would be great, the real answer for weariness is finding more time for God, who is the source of our
strength and our life. “If you’ve ever been weary, you are in good company.
Moses grew weary of holding up his hands when the Israelites battled the Amalekites (Exodus 17:11-13).
Job grew weary in the midst of his heart wrenching trial (Job 10:1). And David grew so weary with his groaning
that he soaked his pillow with tears and drenched his couch with weeping (Psalm 6:6). Now that’s weary!
“What is weariness? Exhausted strength; Failing endurance; Washed-out vigor. Weariness brings with it
spirits of heaviness and fainting that make you feel like quitting. Weariness skews your perspective. It causes
you to look at the world – and maybe even the church – through bleary eyes.
Weariness has friends named Discouragement and Confusion and the trio sings a chorus that sounds
something like this: “I’m bending over backwards and I’m not getting anything but an aching back. The only
light at the end of the tunnel is a locomotive coming to mow me down. Nothing’s ever going to change so I
may as well stop trying so hard. I don’t even know what I’m even supposed to be doing anymore!” (Jennifer
LeClaire Ministries, “Overcoming the Spirit of Weariness”)
Paul in Galatians 6:9 provides this exhortation, “Let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall
reap if we faint not.” Verses 1 – 8 tells us what the “well doing” includes. Don’t be weary in “Restoring.”
(v1). Don’t be weary in “Bearing one another’s burdens,” (v2) “Proving your own works” (v3), and in
“Communicating the word.” (v6) The key is not to be weary in “well doing”, not just
“doing.” When we become weary in doing the things God has called us to do, we are more likely to lose
confidence in God’s provision, His miracle working power, and His ability to help us change our situation.
Part of our responsibility is restoring with meekness. Everyday you face opportunities in your classrooms,
lunch room, hallways, and on the playground to bring restoration.
Bearing Burdens (all burdens) Students arrive with all kinds of burdens, many of
which are overwhelming: academic frustration and lack, passing of a relative, runaway pet, sexual
abuse in the home, conflict with siblings, verbal abuse, separation and divorce of parents, lack of
food and clothing, bad reports from doctors, disappointments, feeling of depression, bullying,
teasing, remorse, loneliness and suicidal thought. They are facing peer pressure and internal conflict
between the flesh and their recreated spirit man. And when they seek help, it usually is not from parents or
adults, but from their peers who in most case are facing some of the same issues.
Don‘t become weary in being there to speak into their lives, to lift up Jesus and the Word of God and to
bring the Word to bear on the issues they face. Speak words of encouragement, appreciation,
support, and respect. Respond to problems with hope and encouragement. The weeks ahead are our
due season to reap changed students. Take time to befriend them, pray for them, and help them lift their