By Allen Domelle, Old Paths Journal
“Thou art wearied in the greatness of thy way; yet saidst thou not, There is no hope: thou hast found the life of thine hand; therefore thou wast not grieved.”
To be wearied means to be tired, drained or worn out. Being wearied is the result of exerting effort into an activity that leaves you with little to no energy to continue. I remember climbing a 14,000-foot mountain, and at the end of the day, I was weary from the climb. Just like I was wearied from the climb of these mountains, so the Christian can become weary from the spiritual battle or the Christian walk. There have been several times in my life when I have become tired and worn out from serving the LORD. In the Scriptures, there are four reasons why a person becomes wearied with the Christian walk.
First, you can become wearied because of the greatness of the way. The greatness of the way implies that you continue to do right, but it seems there is no end in sight. In other words, the greatness of the way can make you weary because it seems like you are making no impact. You must beware about not becoming weary with the battle against sin and the endeavor to reach the lost for Christ. If you’re not careful, you will become discouraged because there seems to be no end in sight. Don’t let the greatness of the way weary you.
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Second, you can become wearied because of the load. Matthew 11:28 talks about the believer being wearied with the labor and the load of the Christian walk. Nobody ever said it would be easy serving the LORD, and the load you carry can become wearisome, but you can’t let the labor and load stop you from serving the LORD.
Third, you can become wearied with well-doing. Do you ever feel that you never see any benefit from doing right? God warns the believer in Galatians 6:9 not to become “weary in well doing.” Just because you don’t see any reward for what you are doing doesn’t make what you are doing wrong. Doing right is right whether or not you see any reward for what you are doing. You must be careful not to become weary in well doing.
Fourth, you can become wearied with the journey. In John 4:6, Jesus became wearied with the journey. There are times when doing right wears you out to the point that you don’t feel you can go another day. When those times come, you may need to rest for a bit, but you must continue like the Saviour continued.
What is the answer to not becoming so wearied that you quit? First, don’t dwell on being wearied. Many people dwell on their exhaustion that they forget to focus on the cause that led them to become exhausted. If you dwell on how weary you are, you will become weary with the way and be tempted to quit.
Second, just because you don’t see the impact of the results doesn’t mean that you are not making an impact. There are many times when the work you are doing is making an impact even though you don’t see it. You will never see the impact of what you are doing if you quit before the work can make its impact.
Third, the reward will come if you don’t quit. My friend, God promised to reward you and will reward you; don’t quit before He lets you see the fruit of your labors. Instead, cast your burden on the LORD and let Him sustain you through the load of what you are carrying.
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Bro. Domelle started traveling as a full-time evangelist in 1990. Throughout the years of being an evangelist, God allowed him to preach in 49 of the 50 states and several foreign countries, see thousands of people saved, and thousands of decisions made by believers in those meetings.
On April 15, 2018, Bro. Domelle took the pastorate at Maranatha Baptist Church in Bethany, Oklahoma. He continues to travel and hold meetings while pastoring a growing church. Bro. Domelle also co-founded the Old Paths Conference which is a Baptist conference that strongly promotes the old-time ways. He has authored several books, and is the founder and editor of the Old Paths Journal.
Bro. Domelle believes that it is everyone’s responsibility to win people to Christ. He personally wins many people to Christ each year. He has also seen several men saved under his ministry who have been called to preach and are now pastoring here in the States or serving as missionaries on foreign fields.
Bro. Domelle and his wife, Sandy, have been happily married since 1994. They have one daughter, Caitlyn.