Return to Me… Worn Out

17 You have made the Lord tired with your words.
You say, “How have we made him tired?”
    When you say:
        “Anyone doing evil is good in the Lord’s eyes,”
        or “He delights in those doing evil,”
        or “Where is the God of justice?” (Malachi 2:17, Common English Bible).

There are things and times when we all feel worn out. I remember seeing a post on Facebook years ago when someone wrote, “Tired, so very tired.” It is a feeling I think all of us understand. There are stressful times in all our lives. We have times when we are worn out by work. We are often worn out by circumstances. We are sometimes worn out by people around us.

Have you ever had a person in your life that completely drains you? Most all of us have, even those who drain us have people who drain them. Much of it falls into the ways God wired us all different. Still, there are those who, by the things they do and the way they live their lives just wear us out.

Remember the kid that we ended up being assigned with for the special class project? Yeah, the one who was strong on ideas and weak on follow-through leaving you to do all the work. Or what about the person who always tries the short-cut but in the end makes more work for you? Then there is the person who, as we talked about yesterday, is always cheating. There is no end to the many ways people wear us out.

I also feel pretty certain that for some people, I am the one who wears them out. It could be that one of you reading this are saying to yourself, “Yeah, Keith, you are right. You really wear me out.”

As bad as it feels for any of us, it would increase exponentially for God because God has to deal with all of us. God has to face us and the ways we cheat the system. God has to deal with us and the ways we become more talk than action. God has to deal with us and the way we talk to each other and about each other.

While we are all guilty of doing wrong in the eyes of God. Of that, there should be no doubt. Hopefully, we aren’t saying God delights in our wrong-doing. Make no mistake, that just isn’t true. God wants us to be righteous. God leads us to righteousness. It is us who consistently, over and over, fall short.

There is good news coming. God still does want a relationship with us. More about that to come.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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