Amidst the hustle and bustle of modern life as we know it, we Christians strive to strike a balance between living as children of God, and as members of society. There will be times in which the secular institutions we belong to exhaust us with their demands. Professionals and students alike are dogged by assignments whose deadlines snarl and snap at their heels in the race for time.
Sometimes, we are fatigued by our labours to the point where Christian living is affected. We might be so tired that we say 3 second-silent prayers before retiring for the night. Perhaps we sacrifice Bible Reading in the morning in exchange for 10 additional minutes of sweet, sweet sleep. Service time possibly becomes service/nap time instead, with the latter being predominant. As a result of our commitments to the world, performing our basic duties as Christian becomes wearisome!
In Micah 6:1-8, God pleads with the children of Israel to return from sin back to Him.
Micah 6:3 reads as follows:
“O My people, what have I done to you? And how have I wearied you? Testify against Me.”
Today, we might not have committed heinous crimes of idolatry or immorality against God. However, we do not please God by being slipshod in our lives as Christians.
“O My people, what have I done to you?”
What has God done to deserve our lack of reverence for Him? The world might not be deserving of our respect, but we still (generally speaking) complete our designated tasks. If we sit down to think about what God has done for us, beginning with His death on the cross, words would fail to describe how worthy of honour our Father is.
“And how have I wearied you?”
How has God tired us out? Rather, God has blessed us physical and mental strength to go about with our daily lives. Using some of this energy to give thanks through prayers, to read the Bible that we might understand Him better, and to pay attention during services is perfectly reasonable, and is to be expected.
“Testify against Me.”
This cannot be done with clarity of conscience. No matter how righteous we are, we have no grounds to accuse God of injustice. As mentioned above, God has done nothing deserving of dishonour, only what is worthy of high esteem.
Our God Most High is also a God who is understanding. He knows that we are limited in our capacity as human beings. He knows that we are weak. This is why He tells us in Matthew 11:28 to “Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
By putting in the extra effort to worship Him, we obtain true peace that the world cannot give*. Through prayer, we cast our burdens on the LORD by telling Him our problems. The Holy Spirit will empower us as we pray to God with faith. The words of the Bible, coupled with sermons, give us wisdom and encouragement to continue living our lives as Christians. By giving time to God, we do not become more tired; we become strengthened instead.
The next time we feel that we are too tired for God, let us remember that what we give to Him will be bountifully returned to us.
“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.”
This brings to mind the hymn ‘My Peace’ by Maranatha Singers.