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There is a weariness that has continued its march toward domination of our lives and the world around us. It is difficult to see and yet we all sense it and wonder. So what do we do with this weariness? This sense and the possibility of actual weariness which we feel?

We cannot ignore it because as the march of weariness continues we will begin to succumb to its allure. The allure, not because it is attractive or of value, but accept what is occurring and with it adopting a defeatist attitude. I think that is what scares and concerns me the most. There are some interesting parallels in this as to how anyone processes weariness and acceptance of defeat.

Now probably no one wants to be known as a defeatist. We don’t wake up one morning and say “that’s it, I’ve had it, I am weary and I surrender”. Please understand that this does happen for many who reach the end of their rope but they never thought they would get there and that is what I am talking about today. The long game is never to give up but when that game ends the question is what do we do?

My primary audience are Christians. I know and I hope that a non-Christian would read what I have to say, too. That they would consider the times I share about Jesus and the importance or shall I say the need for salvation. Why, because that is what we are to be doing. Encouraging one another and telling the world about Jesus.

Whether you are a Christian or not it is the world and all that is going around us that makes us weary. This world and all that is going on can cause us to surrender but surrender is never the option.

As I was preaching recently it was on the subject of praise. There are Scriptural reasons to praise God and I commented that when we praise God and recognize Him for all He has, is and will do it helps us in dealing with everything going on around and with us. We are able to gain a better perspective on what is happening. Thus we are able to take our focus off of ourselves and those things happening in our lives and around us to place them on Him where it should be.

Here are some reasons to praise God. First, though let me share Psalm 100:1-5

1 Shout triumphantly to the Lord, all the earth.

2 Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.

3 Acknowledge that Yahweh is God. He made us, and we are His — His people, the sheep of His pasture.

4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name.

5 For Yahweh is good, and His love is eternal; His faithfulness endures through all generations.

Here are reasons to praise God-

God is worthy, God is good, God is love, God is faithful. When we as His children recognize and place our full faith and trust in Him we are able to navigate this life and this world.

There is an old song that reminds us that this world is not our home, we are just passing through.

This world is not my home, I’m just a-passing through,

My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue;

The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door,

And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.

This World Is Not My Home, Anonymous/Unknown, pub 1919

In God's Grace,

Elbert Nasworthy

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