Do you ever just feel weary? There are seasons of motherhood when you are in the trenches of laundry, parenting, cooking, and doing all the things – that you just feel worn out. As moms, our plates are full.
Motherhood can be physically exhausting. Sleep is a beautiful but sometimes elusive thing. Taking care of a home is physical work. Lugging children and groceries are a workout unto itself. Yet, sometimes we are more than just physically tired. Sometimes we are worn out, weary, and tired. Discover Bible verses for the Weary that can encourage you.
What does it mean to be weary?
Weariness is a condition of the heart and spirit. We have a weary soul.
Sometimes we are so tired of dealing with a child’s attitude that we are weary. Sometimes we are so exasperated and dejected from dealing with someone from church, our extended family, work, or at another activity – that we are weary.
Why do we get weary?
Dealing with sin makes us weary. We grow weary of watching the news and hearing all of the hate, anger, and violence. We grow weary of suffering through others’ selfishness. We grow weary of dealing with the negativity of others.
“I am weary with my crying out; my throat is parched. My eyes grow dim with waiting for my God.” Psalm 69:3
We grow weary because we living in the World, and our citizenship is in Heaven. We grow weary because our hearts are growing to be like Christ’s heart – and our hearts break for the things that break Christ’s heart. This world is full of sin and brokenness.
Our personal sinfulness makes us tired and weary as well. We are weary and heavy-laden with the reality of our sin. As mothers, we long to be more patient and loving with our families and fall short. Thankfully, our value is not found in what all we do for our families and for others, but in our identity as children of God.
Are you weary in doing well?
We grow weary because it seems like our church is asleep to the challenges. Our weary souls long for our fellow Christians to grow in passion as well. Loneliness in our mission, and in this Christian journey, feeds our weariness.
These two weary verses in the Bible speak to being persistent despite weariness:
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
“As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.” 2 Thessalonians 3:13
What does the Bible say about being weary?
We will become weary and tired. Accordingly, there are many Bible verses for the weary. I love that these two weary bible verses speak to that reality. From Proverbs, we learn that we need to trust in God’s power and goodness. We may not know how God’s plans are going to play out, but we do know that it will all work for God’s glory and for our good. Take heart that if we wait for the Lord, He shall renew our strength.
“The man declares, I am weary, O God; I am weary, O God, and worn out. Surely I am too stupid to be a man. I have not the understanding of a man. I have not learned wisdom, nor have I knowledge of the Holy One.” Proverbs 30:1-3
“Even youths shall faith and be weary, and young me shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:30
Dear Christian, how can we overcome weariness?
This world seeks to wear us down and to make us weary. God provides hope for us in His Word.
Overcome Weariness by Focusing on Jesus
We are healed when we look upon Jesus. Jesus walked this earth and dealt first-hand with sin and brokenness.
When His death approached and He was praying for the cup of suffering to be removed from Him, His closest friends could not stay awake and pray with Him. One of His “friends” even betrayed Him.
Our Lord knows loneliness and betrayal. He too feels the ache for how this world is from what God desires it to be.
It can be easy to lose hope when we are tired and weary. When we are weary in doing well, we must remember that in the end, God will win. In the end, Jesus will return. Our present sufferings do not compare to the eternal rewards. Worship gives us the opportunity to focus on our Savior and to rest in His power and promises.
“Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.” Hebrews 12:3
“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So, I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.” Psalm 63:1-3
Overcome Weariness by Studying the Bible
When we are weary, scripture can be the best medicine. God’s Word reminds us of the promises that we have in Jesus. It also reminds us of God’s character and his power. In the pages of scripture, we hear the struggles of others who were weary longing for God to bring healing to their land and people. (These two weary bible verses would be great for memorization!)
“The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary.” Isaiah 50:4a
“My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.” Psalm 119:28 NIV
Feed Your Weary Soul with Goodness & Beauty
In Philippians, chapter 4, we are called to focus on whatever is true, honest, pure, lovely, and of good report. In our sinful world, these are not what the news reports or what we share on Facebook or Instagram. Giving thanks, naming our blessings, and proclaiming the good deeds of our God – all build our hope and strength.
Focus on the good. Seek out the good. Shine light on the good. The stories of people doing God or of God at work are glimpses of the Kingdom of God and they are beacons in this dark, weary world.
“Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.” Proverbs 25:25 NIV
Rest & Boundaries for the Tired & Weary
Are you weary and heavy-laden? Hear the words of the hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and go to the Lord in prayer.
Jesus had boundaries. There were times that even He needed to regularly get away from the crowds and pray. Good boundaries help us to overcome weariness.
Rest acknowledges that God is in charge and that we do not bear the responsibility for change on our shoulders. God goes before us and guides us.
When we are tired and broken, we are more likely to sin. We need regular times of rest and renewal. God gave the command of Sabbath for our good.
“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.” Matthew 11:28
“For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish. At this I awoke and looked, and my sleep was pleasant to me.” Jeremiah 31:25-26
Do not be weary in doing well for Christ is with you!
Seasons of weariness are lonely. We can feel spiritually depleted and distant from God. The solution is to draw near to God. Saying no to the other things that are wearing us out and make time to study, worship, and pray.
Weariness is a sign of physical and emotional burnout that we should listen to and take action on. Our families and our world need us to keep hope alive and to keep holding up the light.
Is God speaking to you about a weary soul? Get these free printable which includes these 12 weary Bible verses in the Bible for you to meditate on during this season.