We are all incredibly weary people. Is it possible our weariness is more than a physical state of being? Though we perceive it as mere fatigue—it persists—unchanged by rest. It's unquiet, a substantial root of being, deemed normal by our culture. The sounds of it echo with applause, where affirmations are the only words to deceivingly sustain us.
Are we sustained, though?
Or does the tainted pleasure of affirmation keep us churning in a whirlwind of instability? A state of being we keep close to ourselves, hidden for fear of rejection.
“For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.”
James 3:16, ESV
If persistent weariness resides within us, could it be jealousy and selfish ambition are the cause? We chase after wind, seeking our own glory, through affirmation, and disorder reigns. And no peace resides in it, quite an impossibility, for there is no peace apart from God, (1 Corinthians 14:33).
Though we'd rather deny our sin, we cannot hide from our Maker. Nor should we fear his rejection. Instead, he invites us to himself because he loves us. He is the end to our vain weariness.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Matthew 11:28-29, ESV
God does the impossible of silencing the affirmation we thrive off of. He puts an end to our striving through repentance because he knows our striving will never satisfy us. We were never meant to seek our own glory. It's unnatural and hideous, ugly in its vilest sense. We were made to seek God, (Acts 17:26-27). He is the one worthy to be glorified. He is righteous in all his ways. We submit to him, relinquish our own ambitions, because he is our holy King.
“Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.”
James 1:21, ESV
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