Have you ever said, "I'm too tired to ____________?" Too tired to work out? Too tired to read the Bible? (isn't it amazing how tired we get as soon as we open that book!) Too tired to go to church? Too tired to take on that extra project at work? Too tired to play with our kids? Too tired to go on a date with your spouse? Is tiredness valid or is it just an excuse?
Yes, we all get tired. And that's valid. In fact, we should strive to end each day tired. Tiredness occurs when you've spent all of your energy living life to the fullest. However, I've noticed a big difference between being tired and weariness. Tiredness is of the body. Weariness is of the mind.
Here's what I mean. Have you ever come home from a long day at work? flopped down on the couch and thought, "I'm not going to move from this place for the rest of the night!" And then the phone rings, and a good friend asks if you want to go out for the night. He just got tickets to the big game. Or, if you're not into the game, maybe your friend just told you there's a big sale they've just announced at the mall. Suddenly the tiredness is gone. It's replaced by excitement. You jump up off the couch and you're off, forgetting all about your long day and fatigue you just felt. Has something similar ever happened to you?
More often than not, our mind tells us to quit long before our bodies will. Most of us know this to be true in exercise, but it is true in other aspects of life as well. Now, I'm not advocating over working, but how many opportunities do we miss simply because we quit or give up before we should because of the "feeling" of weariness?
This very thing happened to a group of men in 1 Samuel 30. It's the story of David and his 600 rebels. They just returned from battle to find that their homes had been attacked and all of their wives and children and possessions had been taken. David and the men were distraught, as you can imagine. It took quite a bit of drama for David to convince the men to pursue their attackers, but he finally did.
We'll pick up the story in verse 9.
9-10 David went, he and the six hundred men with him. They arrived at the Brook Besor, where some of them dropped out. David and four hundred men kept up the pursuit, but two hundred of them were too fatigued to cross the Brook Besor, and stayed there.
How fatigued would you have to be to give up on rescuing your wife and children? I can't imagine giving up! I would crawl if I had to! I wouldn't let anything stop me. At least I hope I wouldn't. But 200 men couldn't go on. Or, maybe it would be better to say, they wouldn't go on.
Being tired is natural. They were all tired. The other 400 had fought all day, too. I don't think the difference between the 400 and the 200 was physical strength or stamina. I think it was mental strength. The 400 had the resolve, the will power, and the determination to continue forward when the 200 didn't.
What's most interesting to me about this story is the fact that at the exact moment David and the 400 were recovering their wives and children, King Saul and his son Jonathan were fighting the Philistines. This battle with the Philistines would end up costing King Saul and Jonathan their lives. While David is facing one of his biggest challenges in his life, circumstances were taking shape for David to be named the next King of Israel.
Now, my question is this. Which group do you think David chose his prominent leaders and commanders from when he became king? the 200 or the 400?
Question: What opportunities have you missed because of weariness?