Do you ever find a time in your life when you feel like saying: “I need to wait for my soul to catch up with my body.” Our life is full of activity, and yet there is an emptiness and a great weariness of soul. God seems to be quite distant. We have lost the joy that we once had in Jesus Christ. What does the Word of God say? “For consider Him (Jesus) that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” (Hebrews 12:3)
The great remedy of weariness of soul comes when we consider Jesus and keep our focus upon Him. There are many occasions in life when we need to “Consider Jesus.” As we “consider Him” we will find the strength of soul to carry on with our life.
1. Consider Jesus in times of temptation. Jesus understands our temptations. ” For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.” (Hebrews 2:18) Jesus was tempted, and yet He stayed faithful to His Father. As we “consider Jesus” we will find His grace and strength to help us overcome the temptation.
2. Consider Jesus in times of failure. Jesus never failed, and His compassion never fails. He restored Peter after His failure. (John 21:15-17). He will restore us if we come to Him in repentance and confession of our sin. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
3. Consider Jesus in times of fatigue. Jesus understands our fatigue because He experienced fatigue and hunger as He walked the earth. He gives His strength to our weary souls and bodies. “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
4. Consider Jesus in times of spiritual dryness. Jesus alone can quench the dryness in our soul. “Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.” (John 7:37)
5. Consider Jesus in times of loneliness. Jesus understands loneliness. He spent much time alone in His life. Also, as He was tried, convicted, beaten and placed on the cross, He experienced loneliness. “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:20)
6. Consider Jesus in times of indecision. Jesus knows that there are many voices crying out to us; however, are we listening for his distinct, wise, and loving voice? To him (Jesus, the Good Shepherd) the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. (John 10:3)
As we walk this life, may our hearts and eyes always “consider Jesus” in every path we take. He is there to bring rest, comfort and direction to our weary soul.