Dr. Dane Boyles
28 Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God, the
Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not
grow tired or weary, and his understanding
no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to
the weary and increases the power of the
weak. (Isaiah 40:28-29)
30 Even youths grow tired and weary;
and young men stumble and fall. 31 but
those who hope in the LORD will renew
their strength. They will soar on wings
like eagles; they will run and not grow
weary, they will walk and not be faint.
• Weariness is a familiar problem (Gen.
• One cannot live without being depleted.
• Especially nowadays, most of us are well
acquainted with the meaning of the word
“exhaustion” -- the state of being used
• But, as bad as it is, physical exhaustion is
not the worst kind.
THE PROBLEM OF SPIRITUAL
• Life is spiritually draining.
• We may not recognize this kind of
weariness for what it really is, but living in
this world depletes the spiritual resources
of our inmost being.
• The spirit of man grows tired -- it wearies
of the world.
1 “I loathe my very life; therefore I will
give free rein to my complaint and
speak out in the bitterness of my soul.
THE INABILITY OF ANYTHING IN THIS
WORLD TO TRULY REFRESH US
• There is nothing in the physical world that
is capable of thoroughly rejuvenating a
person physically or mentally, much less
18For you know that it was not with
perishable things such as silver or
gold that you were redeemed from the
empty way of life handed down to you
from your forefathers (1 Peter 1:18).
• Those who honestly try to live without the
sustenance of anything or anyone higher
than this world find life, in the long run, to
be overwhelmingly oppressive.
• Try as one might to find true refreshment,
one becomes as jaded inwardly as he is
• This life takes more than it gives.
We need God to intervene!
We need God to interject spiritual
Jesus says, “the body is weak but the
spirit in willing.”
THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL OF
CHRIST TO IMPART VITALITY TO US
• Even in the Old Testament, God portrayed
Himself as the Giver of rest.
12 “This is the resting place, let the
weary rest”; and, “This is the place of
repose”— (Isaiah 28:12).
25 “For I have satiated the weary soul,
and I have replenished every sorrowful
soul” (Jer. 31:25).
• One of the remarkable things about the
New Testament is the evidence it contains
of a “rejuvenation” that took place in the
lives of the earliest Christians (Acts 2:36-
• Becoming a Christian holds the promise
of times of refreshing.
19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so
that your sins may be wiped out, that
times of refreshing may come from the
Lord (Acts 3:19).
• There is a goodness about life in the Lord
that can be “tasted.”
If indeed you have tasted that the Lord
is gracious (1 Peter 2:3).
13Then I heard a voice from heaven
say, “Write: Blessed are the dead who
die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,”
says the Spirit, “they will rest from
their labor, for their deeds will follow
them.” (Rev 14:13)
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary
and burdened, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you and learn
from me, for I am gentle and humble in
heart, and you will find rest for your
souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my
burden is light.” (Matt. 11:28-30).
31 but those who hope in the LORD will
renew their strength. They will soar on
wings like eagles; they will run and not
grow weary, they will walk and not be
faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
• Today, we can enjoy the rejuvenation
experienced by New Testament Christians
-- but only if we do what they did.
Dr. Dane Boyles