Midweek Encouragement for the World-Weary Christian
As I write this, it's Tuesday at 5pm. The joyful sounds of the Sunday worship service were replaced mercilessly by the alarm clock on Monday morning. And here we are. Our flesh has already failed us by now. The kids need to get to soccer practice. The boss just asked you to work a couple of nights this week. There are finals to study for, expectations to meet and relationships to invest in. In each case, we give of a little bit of ourselves. We empty ourselves. We grow weary as we are reminded regularly that we are not infinite. Perhaps you’ve felt the sting of condemnation in the midst of your sin this week. Maybe you’ve started to feel sorry for yourself and given into the accusations of the enemy and your own flesh.
The truth is, the world cannot and will not provide comfort for your afflictions. The urge to retreat is there and very real. "Maybe if I binge watch Netflix or drink just a little too much I’ll feel less of this world-weariness", you think to yourself. But deep down, believers, we know: only Jesus satisfies.
So lets try something different this week. Rather than trying escape the weariness of the week by running to sin for temporal relief, let us run to the streams of grace found in Christ. May we see Christ as our all satisfying delight. We are all thirsty. Why not run to the only well that will truly quench our thirst? Why not run to the fountains of grace that never run dry?
We are finite. God’s oceans of grace are endless.
Consider these words of encouragement from the great Puritan, John Owen:
“If all the world set themselves to drink free grace, mercy and pardon, drawing water continually from the wells of salvation; if they should set themselves to draw from one single promise, an angel standing by and crying “Drink, O my friends, yea, drink abundantly, take so much grace and pardon as shall be abundantly sufficient for the world of sin which is in every one of you. There is enough grace for millions of worlds because it flows into it from an infinite, bottomless fountain”. (Works vol. 2)
It’s midweek. So bring your empty buckets and drink freely.