There is a season that comes upon every believer when our strength and hope seems to fail us. Are you walking through a difficult time in your journey? Spiritual weariness and turmoil come upon us as we face the trials, tribulations, and daily demands of life. The main purpose of this post is to encourage you as you face these dry and trying seasons of life. We will explore two common causes of weariness and solutions. We will then consider various quotes from Oswald Chambers concerning self-awareness and inner turmoil.
The Common Causes of Weariness
Cause 1: Busy Society and Work Demands
A simple explanation for our weariness comes from the numerous demands of modern life. Our many “time-saving” technological wonders often keep us connected to our jobs, family, and “social media.” We can at any moment see how “perfect” others’ lives seem to be on Facebook, Instagram, etc. Others seem to have the perfect house, job, career, fitness, family, or ministry, and etc. We get jealous and envious and forget God’s blessings as we see how much better someone else seems to be or have.
Do you ever feel overwhelmed with the constant barrage of ads, email messages, work demands, social issues, and bad news? This is the weapon of the enemy. He works to wear us down and distract us from seeking God’s Truths. When we are tired, we are often less willing to actively listen and interact with others. Our prayer lives suffer and we invest less time in God’s Word.
You may be in a situation whereby you are working long hours or have multiple jobs to survive. Perhaps you’re a mother with a young child that requires most of your time and energy to nurture. You may be giving your best effort and seeking to serve others, but feel tired and weary.
Cause 2: Lack of Adequate Physical Rest, Forgetting the Concept of Sabbath
When I get tired physically, I have to consider how many hours of sleep have I been getting. When I get emotionally and spiritually weary, how am I feeding myself in God’s Word and through others’ sermons/teaching? God gives us abundant life, so why do we often feel stretched thin and weary? Perhaps it’s because we neglect to set a day aside for sabbath rest. God establishes the Sabbath to provide rest for His people. This concept begins in the Garden of Eden and goes to Revelation. Rest is an vital component to well-being.
- Ask God for discernment and wisdom in your life! Knowing your purpose and identity in Christ assists you in making wise choices. Eliminate distractions, set priorities.
- Set aside time daily for God’s Word–to read, pray over, and evaluate how to apply the truths to your life. Adrian Rogers and other reputable pastors have numerous sermons on Youtube. I will often post helpful ones that I have watched on Facebook.
- Plan for rest after extended periods of difficulty or draining activities/responsibility. Give yourself a day each week to restin God’s presence.
“When you face the perils of weariness, carelessness, and confusion, don’t pray for an easier life. Pray instead to be a stronger man or woman of God.” Luis Palau
Trusting in God
Are you trusting in God for your source of life? Only God can give us life abundantly! Anyone or anything else ultimately will fail us. Only the Creator can sustain the creation!
Jeremiah describes the curses of trusting in humans and the blessings of trusting in God. Jeremiah 17:5-8 Berean Study Bible, biblehub
5This is what the LORD says:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind,
who makes the flesh his strength
6He will be like a shrub in the desert;
he will not see when prosperity comes.
He will dwell in the parched places of the desert,
7But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
8He is like a tree planted by the waters
that sends out its roots toward the stream.
It does not fear when the heat comes,
and its leaves are always green.
It does not worry in a year of drought,
nor does it cease to produce fruit.
Trusting in God nourishes our lives! Jeremiah uses an image of a tree near a stream that can access the life sustaining water during dry times. This tree produces fruit and therefore sustains other living things. Are you like the shrub or the tree? Where are your roots seeking nourishment?
Self-awareness and Inner Turmoil
Quotes from Oswald Chambers
“Self-awareness is the first thing that will upset the completeness of our life in God, and self-awareness continually produces a sense of struggling and turmoil in our lives. “
God’s Will is that we be complete in Him! Completeness is found only in Christ! Do you feel despair when you look inward? Then maybe it’s time to start looking up instead of inside!
“Yet it is never God’s will that we should be anything less than absolutely complete in Him. Anything that disturbs our rest in Him must be rectified at once, and it is not rectified by being ignored but only by coming to Jesus Christ. If we will come to Him, asking Him to produce Christ-awareness in us, He will always do it, until we fully learn to abide in Him.”
Come to Christ, bring it all to His Mercy Throne! Let’s abide with the Author of Life, who gives life abundantly! Take a moment to read John Chapter Ten.
“Never allow anything that divides or destroys the oneness of your life with Christ to remain in your life without facing it. Beware of allowing the influence of your friends or your circumstances to divide your life. This only serves to sap your strength and slow your spiritual growth. Beware of anything that can split your oneness with Him, causing you to see yourself as separate from Him. Nothing is as important as staying right spiritually. And the only solution is a very simple one— “Come to Me….”
We must immediately and frequently remove all obstacles between us and Christ. Is it a past hurt, then ask for grace to let it go and be made whole in Christ–Our Healer!
Awareness of Christ
“Whenever anything begins to disintegrate your life with Jesus Christ, turn to Him at once, asking Him to re-establish your rest. Never allow anything to remain in your life that is causing the unrest. Think of every detail of your life that is causing the disintegration as something to fight against, not as something you should allow to remain. Ask the Lord to put awareness of Himself in you, and your self-awareness will disappear.”
Keep looking up to Christ instead of the raging waves of the storm around you! Chambers then warns us concerning:
the danger of Self-Pity
“Then He will be your all in all. Beware of allowing your self-awareness to continue, because slowly but surely it will awaken self-pity, and self-pity is satanic. Simply ask the Lord to give you Christ-awareness, and He will steady you until your completeness in Him is absolute.”
Constantly seeking the will of God? Facing doubts about God
“A child of God is not aware of the will of God because he is the will of God. When we have deviated even slightly from the will of God, we begin to ask, “Lord, what is your will?” A child of God never prays to be made aware of the fact that God answers prayer, because he is so restfully certain that God always answers prayer.”
Ever ask the questions that have already been answered? God’s Word explains God’s character, nature, and how He desires that we live. The Ten Commandments, Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, Gospels, and Paul’s New Testament Letters (Epistles) are but a few examples of how God reveals His plan for living for His glory. When you are struggling, remember the mercy, grace, and love of your Savior! Psalm 103 is a great prayer when facing doubts and fears.
Here’s a beautiful song about how God reaches out to us during the darkness:
Above all else, remember that:
“If we try to overcome our self-awareness through any of our own commonsense methods, we will only serve to strengthen our self-awareness tremendously. Jesus says, “Come to Me…and I will give you rest,” that is, Christ-awareness will take the place of self-awareness. Wherever Jesus comes He establishes rest— the rest of the completion of activity in our lives that is never aware of itself.”
Remember that Jesus brings rest, peace, hope, comfort, and grace! It’s our vicious enemy that brings darkness, confusion, anxiety, and doubts.
May God grant you rest and peace as you find solace in His Presence! For His glory and your encouragement, I write these words. Reach out to me if you need a kind ear!