Return to Me… Worn Out

17 You have made the Lord tired with your words.
You say, “How have we made him tired?”
    When you say:
        “Anyone doing evil is good in the Lord’s eyes,”
        or “He delights in those doing evil,”
        or “Where is the God of justice?” (Malachi 2:17, Common English Bible).

There are things and times when we all feel worn out. I remember seeing a post on Facebook years ago when someone wrote, “Tired, so very tired.” It is a feeling I think all of us understand. There are stressful times in all our lives. We have times when we are worn out by work. We are often worn out by circumstances. We are sometimes worn out by people around us.

Have you ever had a person in your life that completely drains you? Most all of us have, even those who drain us have people who drain them. Much of it falls into the ways God wired us all different. Still, there are those who, by the things they do and the way they live their lives just wear us out.

Remember the kid that we ended up being assigned with for the special class project? Yeah, the one who was strong on ideas and weak on follow-through leaving you to do all the work. Or what about the person who always tries the short-cut but in the end makes more work for you? Then there is the person who, as we talked about yesterday, is always cheating. There is no end to the many ways people wear us out.

I also feel pretty certain that for some people, I am the one who wears them out. It could be that one of you reading this are saying to yourself, “Yeah, Keith, you are right. You really wear me out.”

As bad as it feels for any of us, it would increase exponentially for God because God has to deal with all of us. God has to face us and the ways we cheat the system. God has to deal with us and the ways we become more talk than action. God has to deal with us and the way we talk to each other and about each other.

While we are all guilty of doing wrong in the eyes of God. Of that, there should be no doubt. Hopefully, we aren’t saying God delights in our wrong-doing. Make no mistake, that just isn’t true. God wants us to be righteous. God leads us to righteousness. It is us who consistently, over and over, fall short.

There is good news coming. God still does want a relationship with us. More about that to come.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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Welcome to my study. I am an ordained United Methodist pastor currently serving in Sweeny, Texas. I am also a husband to Cindy, a father to Wayne and Christopher and a grandfather to three grandsons, Kaleb, Noah and Jaxon (the children of Wayne and his wife Nikki) and two granddaughters, Jenna and Natalie (the children of Christopher and his wife Morgan). I enjoy my family, writing, playing the guitar, tying knots in paracord, wood carving and spending time with my little dog "Bishop.

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