Weariness comes to everyone, and those with graying hairs are most vulnerable. As we grow old, sickness of varying kinds has become our frequent visitor. We feel the pain of the hardening of our arteries, the weakening of our vital organs, the fluctuations of our blood pressure. Suddenly we can no longer attend to our favorite hobby. We have to strictly watch our diet, and travel has been considerably restrained. True, bodily pains can impinge on our spirit. And yet aside from sicknesses, we also have our daily share of problems and trials as part of living the Christian life.
Thus, oftentimes, we are like an exhausted mountain climber traversing another trail and we are tempted to just rest in the base camp. But trials are instruments of God, designed to make His children shine to be worthy of the glorious eternity. To grow weary is to make the Devil smile hoping that we will finally give up. Aware of this temptation, the Apostle Paul gave an encouraging exhortation in 2 Corinthians 4:16-17 16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self[a] is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison”
Here, Paul tells us that we must look at our trials as “light” no matter how heavy they may seem to us. First because it is weightless in comparison to the eternal torment in hell of those who rejected Christ’s as their Lord and Savior. Second, it is light in view of the suffering Christ sustained when He was crucified on the cross to pay for our sins. Third, it is light because our afflictions are just momentary if we again compare it to eternity.
But even in the midst of our afflictions, it is the grace of God that sustains us. That is why a faithful believer can still experience peace, joy and contentment in the midst of a lingering illness or persecution.
Affliction is necessary to bring us closer to God. But we need to yield to it and regard it as coming from the loving hand of God who designs it for our spiritual good. So, faint not and do not grow weary, for only those who endure will reach the heavenly gate.