Ancient Wisdom: January 19, 2014 (Year A)

Read:  Isaiah 49:1-7

Meditation:  Faithful and Tired

Isaiah knew that he had been called by God, even from his mother’s womb.  It was a call to serve God in restoring the nation, and he had labored obediently in relation to it.

But he was tired.  He had been taxed to the limits.  Isaiah’s witness is a reminder to all of us that faithfulness and fatigue can go together.  Fulfilling our calling can drain us–physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

There is no benefit or virtue in denying this.  Instead, honest confession is good for our souls, and restorative action is the only way we can find renewal. 

Today, let us commit ourselves to God, using Isaiah’s words as a reminder that when our obedience makes us weary, we can say so and do something about it.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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