Are You Tired?
But be encouraged! Listen to these words recorded by the Apostle John.
So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. (John 4:5, 6 NKJV)
The Message Bible says,
Jesus being “worn out by the trip, sat down at the well.”
I love to read the miraculous accounts of Jesus walking on the sea, stilling the storm, healing the sick, casting out devils, and multiplying bread and fishes to feed the multitude. Those stories boost my faith and assure me that He is well able to take care of my needs. But to be honest, there are times when I am more blessed by a passage such as this one that shows Jesus’ humanity, that reveals His weaknesses and limitations as a human being. I am blessed because I can relate. I have not walked on the water yet, but I know firsthand what it means to be tired and not feel like doing anything but sitting down.
It’s good to know feeling this way is not a sin. And that being human is okay with God. It’s good to know Jesus fully understands. He knows tiredness firsthand. It’s good to know it does not disqualify me from being a blessing.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. (Hebrews 4:15 NIV)
The good news is because Jesus understands how draining our journey from “Judea to Samaria” can be, He is willing to renew our strength when we are weary. And for this reason, you may turn to Him when you are tired and ask Him for strength. He will help you.
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31 NKJV)
Child of God, are you tired? Ask Jesus to refresh you. Then, “sit down at the well” and rest in Him. He will renew your strength. His words are spirit and life.