“You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.” –Revelation 2:3 (John’s words to the church at Ephesus)
Many dog owners walk their dogs to physically wear them out. There’s a woman in our neighborhood who walks and walks and walks her dog for hours every day. Dog owners want their dogs to be worn out so they’ll sleep during the day while the owner is at work. An acquaintance of mine takes his German Shorthaired Pointer swimming and then to the dog park every morning so that the dog will be sure to sleep all afternoon. Other dog owners I know come home on their lunch break or hire a dog walker to take their dog out at midday. But for those who don’t have these options, the goal is wear the dog out on the morning walk. In contrast, God doesn’t want us to get worn out when we walk with him. If we are weary, he will strengthen us: “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (Isaiah 40:29). However, the purpose is not to grow weary. For this John praised the church at Ephesus in Revelation 2:3. It’s ironic that when we walk with God we don’t get worn out; by walking with God we remain strong.
Dear God, Help me remain strong. Amen