Comfort For the Weary
“Encourage the exhausted,
and strengthen the feeble.
Say to those with anxious heart,
“Take courage, fear not.”
Isaiah 35:3-4, NASB
According to Job, chapter 4, Job reached out to the weary and those about to give up. He spoke words of encouragement to his neighbors in times of trials. But only one came to Job’s rescue. And yet, he failed to recognize the voice within him strengthening him to be able to say,
“He knows the way I take;
When He has tried me,
I shall come forth as gold.”
Job 23:10, NASB
Job’s three friends, who came with the intent to comfort him, failed in their mission. The only comfort we find them giving happened at the beginning of Job’s testing when they kept silent.
In trying to encourage or comfort the tired, weak, and fearful, we can take a lesson for Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar and know when to speak and when to keep silent.
So often we don’t know what to say to the hurting—
- that’s when we keep silent and just be with them.
- Let them talk if they need to and learn to listen not judge.
- Wait with them.
When the Lord gave Habakkuk a vision to strengthen and encourage him, He told Habakkuk words we can take to heart.
“For the vision is yet for the appointed time;
It hastens toward the goal,
and it will not fail.
Though it tarries,
wait for it;
For it will certainly come,
it will not delay.”
Habakkuk 2:3, NASB
When it’s time to talk, speak the word of God. It is certain and is being performed in the waiting.
In the waiting, God’s word encourages us as He did Joshua and the Ephesians—
- “Only be strong and very courageous;
- be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you;
- do not turn from it to the right or to the left,
- so that you may have success wherever you go …
- Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might.
- Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” Joshua 1:7; Ephesians 6:10-11, NASB
How do those who are exhausted in their trials muster energy to stand, to put on the armor of God, be courageous, and do anything? Ask, simply ask.
“For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father,
from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name,
that He would grant you,
according to the riches of His glory,
to be strengthened with power
through His Spirit in the inner man;”
Ephesians 3:14-16, NASB
If we are too weak to pray,
- the Spirit knows what is in our heart.
- He will take it to the Father on our behalf.
- Ask others to pray with us,
- speak God’s word to us,
- and thank God for his promises.
- He will be our strength to stay the course.
“For thus says the high and exalted One
Who lives forever,
whose name is Holy,
“I dwell on a high and holy place,
And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit
In order to revive the spirit of the lowly
And to revive the heart of the contrite …
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man;
and God is faithful,
who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able,
but with the temptation
will provide the way of escape also,
that you may be able to endure it.”
Isaiah 57:15; 1 Corinthians 10:13, NASB
We have God’s word on it—He will come to our aid whether we need comforting or are the comforter.
“FOR YET IN A VERY LITTLE WHILE,
HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME,
AND WILL NOT DELAY …
You too be patient;
strengthen your hearts,
for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”
Hebrews 10:37; James 5:8, NASB
And when the Lord does come, he will reward our patient faith with the promises of Israel.
“The LORD your God is in your midst,
A victorious warrior.
He will exult over you with joy,
He will be quiet in His love,
He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”
Zephaniah 3:17, NASB
You are in my prayers often, asking our Father to give you strength and encouragement to stay the course. God bless.