Last Sunday night, I worked in Noah’s Park with the 2-3 year olds with my dear friend Jessica :) In the room, there are tables and chairs set up. One of the little boys that we had started running around the tables and chairs in a circle over and over and over again. Then one of the other little girls started running with him around and arounnd. After a few minutes, the little boy stopped and said “I’m out of energy”. But then started running around the tables and chairs again. Of course, I laughed and made the comment kind of mockingly I guess :) “Oh, I’m out of energy but I’ll keep on running. Oh, I’m tired but I’m gonna keep on running.” Just minutes later, I turned to Jessica and said “You know, if you stop long enough and think about it, you could get a spiritual principle from this.” And it was for me….
We run after Jesus. Our hearts are for Him, to seek after Him, and to run after Him. But sometimes you get to points in your life where you are just tired- not just physically, but I really mean spiritually, even emotionally. All the little things that keep side swiping you, all the little naggings from the enemy or the hard attacks from the enemy, or even the fights with your flesh after a while beat you down. You get exhausted. Maybe your prayer life begins to die some, reading the word has become such a battle that you’re not in it as much as you want, maybe it’s hard to sit and just be with God, maybe you’re so frustrated, you’ve been wrestling with stuff or wrestling with where you’re at for a long time, and it just seems like it doesn’t end- it’s the day to day stuff. It gets hard to believe, to keep faith and to even have faith, to hold on to scripture- to really hold on and stand on it- all your seeing is how you failed, you’re not doing this right or that, you don’t even know if you can do this anymore- to do this narrow road- you can’t hear Him or feel Him, there are times when you start to feel like your taking a step closer to Him and taking some ground just to feel like you’re still in the same place the next day and it’s the same thing all over it…..You get tired. You get out of energy.
But friend, keep running. Maybe you’re out of energy, keep running. You’re tired and exhausted, keep running. You can’t hear Him or feel Him, keep running- You’re bound to run into Him. It hurts and it’s so hard, keep running. You’re out of strength, keep running. As you keep running, He will fill you. He will come to you and strengthen you. You’ve been crying out for weeks, for months, keep running and keep crying out.
One of the things that has began to mean something to me is: Though He tarry, He won’t delay. A few days ago, that thought came to my mind and I knew it sounded good, but I didn’t fully understand or get it too much at the time. Today, it has such meaning to me and has strengthened me. Though He may tarry- You may have been crying out to Jesus for weeks now and it feels like to no avail. Maybe you’re wondering if He is even hearing you. Hear me, He hears you. He hears your cry, your plea. He sees the longing of your heart. You may have been seeking God for a while now and seeking for His presence, but you still can’t feel Him. He sees you’re heart and things are moving. Things are happening and moving in the supernatural even though you can’t see it, and it doesn’t feel like it. Your cry means something.
The things you cry out, the scriptures you read and declare, the tears that come down, the worship you pour out to Him, the way you cling to Him, the songs you sing to Him, it all means something. It thunders in the supernatural. Your voice and your cry- the sound that you release for your inner most being- thunders in the spirit realm. It moves things. You move the heart of God. Your faith moves the heart of God. I know it doesn’t look like it right now or feel like it is doing any good, but it is and soon you will look back and see how it meant something when you declared those verses or when you declared in faith that you knew God saw you and heard you. You will see how it meant something when you declared that He is faithful and He loved you. You will see… Though He may tarry, He won’t delay. He will come to you. He will meet with you. He will fill you. He will strengthen you. Though He tarries, He won’t delay. He will come at the right time. There is a purpose to His tarry. There is a purpose to you waiting on Him, to you pressing in. Sometimes He will tarry to cause you to press in just a little bit more, to get a little bit more desperate, and seek just a little bit harder, to bring you deeper into Him, to draw you closer to Him. But though He tarry, He won’t delay. He will come just like He said He would and He will do just what He said He would do.
Thought He tarry, He won’t delay. Keep running….
1 Tim 1:12 “I thank Him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord…”
2 Cor 12:9-10 “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Isaiah 40: 27-31 “Why do you say, O Jacob,
and speak, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the LORD,
and my right is disregarded by my God”?
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
His understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.”
2 Timothy 1:9-10 “…God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of His own purpose and grace, which He gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus.”
Psalm 40:11 “As for You, O LORD, You will not restrain Your mercy from me; Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness will ever preserve me!”