Worn Out

If I speak, my pain is not assuaged, and if I forbear, how much of it leaves me? Surely now God has worn me out; he has made desolate all my company. And he has shriveled me up, which is a witness against me, and my leanness has risen up against me; it testifies to my face.
Job 16:6-8
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Worn Out
Life has a way of wearing us out.  The daily grind of work, the constant worry of sickness, family troubles and strained friendships.  A world which has turned completely upside down and a country barely recognizable.  It’s enough to make one throw up their hands in defeat.  “I give up!” This is Job’s vision of his life.  He feels God has worn him out and made his life a desolate place.  In other words, he feels abandoned by God while at the same time He feels God is specifically homing in on him personally for punishment. What to do at moments like this? It is precisely at times like these when we should look to our Savior.  We know He is like us in everyway but without sin.  So we see a life lived by Jesus which saw trouble, stress, abuse, mockery, and slander. A life of ridicule and mistrust, a life of betrayal and death.  We see a Savior who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses, one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15). We see the only truly innocent man executed on our behalf, so that we might have reconciliation with the Father.  So when life seems about to wear you out and the burden is impossible to carry, remember Christ Words to you, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle 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).
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