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To Be Weary Of God

Scriptures Expounded - Posted on Saturday, October 31, 2015
by Temi Peter
To Be Weary Of God

But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel.
Isaiah 43:22

God Himself was speaking to the Israelites in the scripture above. The Israelites had become weary of Him and He had to make it known to them. In the verses that follow (Isaiah 43:22-28), the LORD backs up His accusation against them with infallible proofs and thereafter declared His punishment for their behaviour. To be weary of someone means to become tired of the person and lose enthusiasm for him or her. This was exactly what happened to the Israelites. They became tired of God and lost enthusiasm for Him.
Can the same not be said of many so-called born-again Christians today? Agreed, the world has made God its number one enemy. More than ever before, efforts are being made to excise God from daily life and business. The world have gone ahead to declare the mention of God at any point in time offensive and have put in place measures to censor it so that wherever it is mentioned it is not heard. Also, rendering prayers before and after gatherings has been declared unnecessary and even when they are rendered special care is taken to avoid mentioning God and Jesus Christ. It’s that bad!
Unfortunately, we, children of God, from time to time also find ourselves becoming weary of God. It just happens that we sometimes don’t feel like going to church, we don’t feel like praying, we find it difficult to read the Bible, singing praises to God seems a challenge and in some cases, paying our tithes and offerings becomes a hassle. We just seem to be tired of everything. Every Christian is bound to experience this feeling once in a while. The most important thing is that we do not remain in that state as it can lead to backsliding.

Being weary of God can be caused by a number of factors. One of them is delay in getting answers to prayers and manifestation of answered prayers. Some prayers are not answered at all. While some that are answered take a while to manifest. When a Christian finds him or herself in any of these situations, he or she may become weary of God when it begins to take a long while or when the situation for which prayers are being rendered begins to become unbearable. Abram and Sarai became weary while waiting for the fruit of the womb until Sarai made Abram impregnate her maid (Genesis 16:1-16). Abram had backslidden in his weariness. By the time the LORD reappeared to him 13 years later, the LORD urged him to walk before Him and be perfect (Genesis 17:1). The LORD didn’t stop there; He gave both of them new names. He renamed Abram, Abraham and Sarai, Sarah (Genesis 17:5 & Genesis 17:15). This signalled a new beginning in God’s relationship with them. This cause of weariness can be overcome among other things, by listening to testimonies of those who have passed through similar situation or worse and have overcome, and by pondering on the prayers God has answered in time past and which have already come to manifestation.
Another cause of weariness is being busy with daily job or business. Sometimes, when a Christian becomes too preoccupied by a particular job or business, if care is not taken, he or she may begin to experience weariness of God. In a hurry to leave home early enough, one may find it difficult to pray or pray well. At night, one may be too tired to pray and just fall asleep after managing to have dinner. During the day, the schedule is so tight that one may not have time to read his or her Bible and a daily devotional. Sometimes, official engagements may come up such that it may be difficult to attend church on Sunday. If this continues for a while without the fellow in question finding a way out of it, he or she may become weary of God without even knowing it.

Spiritual stagnancy can also bring about weariness of God. No matter the level one is as a Christian, there is always a higher level one can aspire to attain. Apostle Paul said in Philippians 3:13-14:
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Day by day, every Christian is supposed to continue to strive and pray to see God more clearly, love God more dearly and follow him more nearly until death comes knocking or rapture happens, whichever comes first. Any attempt at stagnancy will render the fellow weary of God in no time. The reason is that the fellow will find nothing new and exciting about the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Reading the Bible everyday is the best way of overcoming weariness of God. We are admonished by several verses of scripture to do – Joshua 1:8, Colossians 3:16, John 5:39
When you read the Bible, no matter how you read it, a word drops in your heart that touches you. The easiest way by which the LORD can talk to a person is via the Bible. There is no one who reads the Bible everyday whose life remains the same. When you read the Bible, you begin to appreciate God for who He is. The Holy Spirit makes you meditate on the word you read and goes ahead to expound the scripture to you even when you are doing something else. Personally, I find myself pondering on the scripture I read from time to time and sometimes I am moved to tears in adoration and magnification of the LORD. I become recharged and re-inspired and find myself declaring my love and loyalty to God all over again.
Unfortunately, reading the Bible daily has become a herculean task for many. It is the devil’s way of keeping them from daily spiritual nourishment and vitality. The devil knows for sure that constant daily reading of the Bible goes a long way in keeping a fellow in contact with God. It takes the grace of God and one’s conscientious effort to read the Bible daily. It’s so easy to forget you have not read the Bible in a day. Using a daily devotional to read the Bible is one sure way of reading the Bible daily. Any day you fail to read the Bible, you must ensure you make up for it the following the day using the daily devotional. A fervent reader of the Word of God will in no time become a doer of it.

Periodic personal fasting and prayer programs can also go a long way to heal one of weariness of God. Setting aside a particular day in the week for personal fasting and prayer and sticking to it faithfully no matter the temptation to break it is not a bad idea. This will go a long way to enhancing spiritual renewal and remove weariness altogether. May God help us.

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Temi Peter


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