I saw a meme the other day…”January was a tough year but we made it.” Ha! Wasn’t that the truth? The start of 2019 felt like one of those running cartoon characters, spinning its wheels in place until it finally gains traction and then “Boom!” takes off like a shot. That is exactly how these first six months have felt and all of a sudden here we are, halfway through 2019. It seems like a good time for reflection.
For some, the first half of this year has been positive. You’ve had some successes and some progress and you are looking forward to finishing the year well. For others, 2019 has kicked you square in the pants. You are wondering how you are going to get through the rest of it. You are tired, overwhelmed and the remainder of the year looms large and menacing. You are feeling beat down, insecure, and the other half seems like it could be all uphill.
So if the rest of 2019 looks a little exhausting, I need you to read this.
“Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.” Isaiah 40:28
We are reading that verse today for two reasons. First, I need you to know that when God is working for you, He can’t wear out. God always has enough energy to fight for you. He sees you. He knows your struggle and understands what you are going through. When your eyes are heavy and your steps are weak He sees with clear eyes and handles your situation with all the strength and understanding needed. He is literally incapable of getting tired when working in your situation, your circumstances, or your battles. He can remain strong when our human strength gives out. The rest of 2019 may throw whatever it wants at you and it will not be too much for Him to handle.
But maybe, even more importantly, I need you to know that you cannot make God tired.
Please read that again.
You cannot be too much for Him.
Our mistakes cannot wear Him out. Our continuing struggles cannot become too much for Him. Our character flaws do not wear on Him the way they can on others and He does not run out of love for us. Even if you feel like you are “too much” or “not enough” for other people, that is never true for Him. He is not an exasperated parent and He is not a disapproving boss. He is not “depletable.” He is God. Creator of the ends of the earth, everlasting, incapable of being made tired or weary. By us, or our circumstances.
So bring it on 2019, let’s finish this thing out. I serve a God who doesn’t wear out and I don’t feel quite so tired now.
“Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.” Psalm 136:26