Are you weary? Are you listening?

I caught a glimpse of the movie Halloween 5 last night. Thankfully, I was watching with my mother-in-law-to-be so we could scream and hide our eyes together. Unfortunately, my father-in-law-to-be kept making fun of us. I think I’m going to fit in well with this family:)

In the one part of the movie the girl thinks the bad guy is her boyfriend just because he is wearing her boyfriend’s Halloween mask and sitting in her boyfriend’s car. This error nearly costs her her life when she gets in the car with him. There were plenty of features besides the mask that might have tipped her off. Here are some questions I wanted to ask her:

  • Did the guy smell like the laundry soap her boyfriend uses?
  • Was his body language and stature familiar?
  • Was this typical behavior of her boyfriend?
  • What did his voice sound like, even if he was just clearing his throat?

I mean, how well did she really know her boyfriend to so easily confuse him with the bad guy?? I don’t want to try an experiment to make sure (NO, THANK YOU!), but I feel like I picked up on these things with Kris pretty quickly.

While I was watching the movie it made me think about somethings I’ve been reading in a devotional on TheBibleApp called Listening to God .

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It talked about knowing our Shepard. That is how we are going to discern His voice. It is imperative to know His voice so we don’t get confused with other voices, worst the voice of the enemy. We can learn what counterfeits might be like, but it is way more efficient to just learn our Shepard’s voice. Because there is not going to be any other voice like it. Just like the girl needed to do with her boyfriend before it was too late in Halloween 5, we need to get to know God better. Then we can be looking out for words of blessing, direction, and restoration from our Father and beware of listening to anything that isn’t that. I don’t want to miss His words. Do you?

At church this weekend the speaker talked about weary vs. tired. You can listen to the whole sermon online here.

  • Weary is inside-out tiredness where your soul needs restoration.
  • Tired is physical tiredness where you just need rest.

Jesus was weary when he ministered to the woman at the well.

Paul says in Galatians 6, “Do not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

I always thought that to mean that if you are getting weary, maybe you should take a break from doing good. Not to do bad, but to do nothing. Like, to rest. But we see Jesus serving even in His weariness.

It seems instead that we are supposed to keep on, and press through the weariness and seek restoration in the serving.

There is this whole movement to say your “best yes”. But in addition to the “best” part we also have to remember the “yes” part.

If we are tired, we need to rest. We know what rest looks like: quiet, maybe sleeping, being still.

Restoration is maybe not done in those same ways. When we are weary we need restoration.

Restoration comes from knowing the Father. Knowing the Father is imperative, as described in the opening lines of this blog.

It’s interesting that Jesus was weary in the story of the woman at the well because in Isaiah 40 it says that God “will not grow tired or weary*.” But Jesus was God and man. So that actually does make sense. And, overall, Jesus didn’t get weary to the point of quitting doing good. Think about what He did for us on the cross. Hebrews 12 reminds us to “Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

There is actually lots of references to weary in Isaiah 40, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak…Even youths grow tired and weary…”

Also in Jeremiah 31:25, “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”

These verses recognize that God is the one who refreshes and restores. They also recognize that, yeah, we are going to get tired and weary. It’s kind of a relief that I’m not alone in that.

It makes sense that Jesus, being God, would then say in Matthew 11, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened**, and I will give you rest.”

 

Isaiah 40 continues with a promise for “those who hope in the Lord” and who seek the restoration that He gives: “they will run and not grow weary.” “The Word” also “sustains the weary” (Isaiah 50:4). Reading the Bible is a place to seek God’s voice and restoration.

If you are looking for a prayer to start off your seeking of restoration from the Father, borrow Psalm 119:28, “My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.”

To end, I’ll end with Revelation, a wonderful ending. Jesus says to the church of Ephesus, “You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.”

Let’s seek after restoration from our Lord so that we do not grow weary doing good. Let’s seek to KNOW HIM.

Be blessed.

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*There is a reference that talks about God getting weary, but I suppose (I need some more Greek and Hebrew knowledge to say for sure), that it is more about getting annoyed with Old Testament repetitive sins, “Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals I hate with all my being. They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them” (Isaiah 1:14). I need to check out this chapter more.

**One way we can be burdened is by idolatry. Heavy idols are both figuratively and literally described in Isaiah 46:1. We also can be burdened with sin (Jeremiah 9:5). Deuteronomy 28:65 talks about how God might cause us to be weary in order to seek Him. Give up your burden to the Lord!

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