• Becky Cope

My Battery is Drained

When I think of the word weary, I interpret that word as more than tired. I get tired before bed. I get tired of eating the same cereal until it's gone. I could get tired of driving and always doing laundry. But, to me, weary is more than tired. It's a worn-down feeling. It's like extra tired from going and doing too much for an extended period of time. It brings with it a reluctance to continue with more, it's beyond tired. It is just plain WEARY!

It is so easy to get weary. Maybe we start out tired, but through continuous activity and responsibilities, we just keep pushing forward. Eventually, this more than tired weariness seems to take over. Weary in our bodies, but most common anymore is a weariness of the mind. It seems our minds just get weary of constantly processing so much stuff. But praise be to God; he totally understands our weaknesses. "I will strengthen the weary and renew those who are weak." Jeremiah 31:25 CEB

Weariness feels to me like a lack of strength and power to be alert and at our best. It effects our body, mind, and soul. It requires more than a good night's sleep to fix. True weariness requires the rejuvenation of the Holy Spirit. The power we receive from the connection of the Holy Spirit that keeps our spiritual batteries charged and at full strength.

My brother is in the automotive battery business. He would say a strong, healthy battery receives its power from the alternator. The alternator is the charging force to the battery. The battery's power is limited. It can only work a while without a strong connection with the alternator. Without the alternator charging the battery, it will grow weak. The battery will eventually get weaker and weaker, losing power until it will no longer be able to do its job; start the vehicle. Once a vehicle is started, a strong connection with the alternator continually charges the battery, filling it with power and keeping it built up and at maximum strength.

Jesus Christ is the alternator to the believer's soul. "He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might, He increases power." Isaiah 40:29 NASB

Trying to live this life without a good solid connection from the alternator is accepting the fact that you won't have the extra power of being fully charged. That increases the possibility that eventually, your own battery's power will fail you.

Do you feel weary today? Are you feeling weak, and your battery is dragging? The battery man would say to check your connection. Has some corrosion built up that needs to be cleaned away? Check the post connection, has it slipped? Has it worn sloppy and loose? It might require some upkeep. Easy fix. Clean it off and tighten it back up.

With Jesus, it's an easy fix too. Confess our sins, declare Him as Lord, and move forward. It may not be an immediate fix or a permanent fix. Our God connection requires continuous upkeep and maintenance. "but they who wait for 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 40:31 ESV

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