Stretching The Heart Like A Rubber Band

“The Lord God has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary …” (Isaiah 50:4, NKJV)

Sometimes … perhaps more than any of us would care to admit … it is really hard to keep a good attitude about life … living … serving … and simply trying to do what is right.

Our own heart can feel stretched like a rubber band … stretched to the point of breaking!  It seems as if we are being pulled in a thousand different directions, all at the same time.  I would venture to say that we have all felt this way at one time or another.

If we are honest … there are times when we are so burdened that we are just not sure how we will be able to sustain our journey.

How do we gracefully continue when we are faced with stress and pressure?

The prophet Isaiah was inspired to write of the coming Messiah often and Isaiah 50:4 is one of those times.  The assurance is given by God that when the Messiah would come that He “…would know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary…”

It should be observed that the primary source of “him who is weary” would be all men in the recognition “they have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

But there is also the truth that weariness is just as much a part of life as joy.  It is one of the common themes mentioned throughout both the Old and New Testaments.  The Messiah would come with words that would sustain … comfort … and encourage those who would choose to listen to them!

 “Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart … and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30, NKJV)

Please listen to these familiar words very carefully.  Jesus is telling each one who is weary and over-burdened … with sin, with the burdens of others we are called upon to help, and with our own burdens of life!

“Jesus Christ … the Son of God, our Counselor, the Prince of Peace, Deliverer, Lord, and Savior” … is the Greatest Heart Surgeon that has or ever will walk on this earth!  And He is interested in helping you to have a healthy spiritual heart!

Regardless of who we are … how long we have been members of His body … how strong our faith has become … we just cannot make it to the end of our journey on our own!  And He is saying to each of us … “Come … See … Learn … Rest”

With our Lord helping, guiding, and leading us in “The Way” … we can and will have the assurance that He is right there with us … all the way!  The rubber band of our heart does not need to be stretched until it breaks!

Our Lord experienced weariness, as well as the comfort needed to sustain Him.  See Isaiah 50:6-7 “… For the Lord God will help Me; Therefore I will not be disgraced; Therefore I have set my face like a flint …”

And that assurance, my friends, will enable each of us to walk in the sunlight until this life comes to an end!  And then … we know the words, don’t we? “Well done, my good and faithful servant! …  Enter into the joys of thy Lord.” (Matthew 25:23)

Bill Fairchild, Jr.

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