Firstly, all who are feeling weary, Jesus says: “Come to me”.
Bilbo in Lord of the Rings says:
“I am old, Gandalf. I don’t look it, but I am beginning to feel it in my heart of hearts. Well-preserved indeed! Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread. That can’t be right. I need a change, or something.”
Bilbo carried a great burden and it caused him to be weary. He was stretched like butter scraped over too much bread. Ever felt like that?
I think there can be a weariness in your soul which is caused by many things in life. Most of the time it can be because our focus is on the wrong thing, we become weary of trying to please others or obtain approval from God. At other times in can simply be the grind of life, the cycle of repetition, the ache of suffering, the doubts that plague our mind.
As I read the account of Job, I notice how weary he is. He is weary of his friends making stupid comments. He is weary of his suffering and weary of the wicked never getting justice.
There are many things that can cause the heart to become weary, but the point isn’t to linger there, the point is to ask: “Where can I find refuge?”
And Jesus says: Come to me.
Why would you want to go to Jesus?
Because Jesus is the refuge of our soul. He is the balm to our hurts. He is peace to our weariness. He beckons us to come to him.
Jesus is our great comfort and will comfort us. There is no use carrying on with anxieties on your shoulders, with weariness in your hearts and burdens in your hands which will just twist the heart into cynicism and mistrust. Come to him now, do not linger anymore.
His face will be kind and not stern. His arms will be wide open and not closed. He will delight over you and not frown. Come to him weary soul and find refuge in our saviour. And so than we may sing:
Dear refuge of my weary soul,
On Thee, when sorrows rise
On Thee, when waves of trouble roll,
My fainting hope relies
To Thee I tell each rising grief,
For Thou alone canst heal
Thy Word can bring a sweet relief,
For every pain I feel
The refuge of your weary soul is Jesus. So come to him. If you are reading this now and in your heart you feel tired and ready to give up, than Jesus says to you “Come to me“. Get to your knees and pray, allow the spirit to comfort you and point your gaze to Christ. Gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and come back to him again and again until your heart feels softer and lighter.
“When you are so weak that you cannot do much more than cry, you coin diamonds with both your eyes. The sweetest prayers God ever hears are the groans and sighs of those who have no hope in anything but his love.” –C.H. Spurgeon
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