Sustain the Weary
October 10, 2008
“The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of disciples, that
I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens
Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple.” Isaiah
The above words, spoken prophetically by Isaiah, truly describe
Jesus’ life when he walked this earth: Jesus knew how to
sustain the weary one with a word. He brought hope to the hopeless,
life to the dying, comfort to the grief-stricken, peace to the
Since we are to follow in his steps, how can we “sustain
the weary one with a word”? We are surrounded by people who
are life-weary and heart-sick, but we don’t seem to always
be doing that good a job at sustaining them – strengthening,
encouraging, uplifting, supporting. Take time to identify someone
in your life who is hurting, then seek to sustain them by:
time really listening. Remember, a three-minute conversation
on Sunday morning or on a lunch break at work isn’t
going to sustain the soul of someone in trouble. If your life
is busy, schedule in time to be a good friend.
- Avoiding platitudes.
When people are hurting, the last thing they need is a flip response
that minimizes their pain.
- Choosing your words carefully. We
tend to ramble on when we are nervous. Think about what you want
to say, say it quietly and succinctly, and then stop.
- Accepting silence. Don’t be
afraid of silence. Sometimes, there is nothing that can be
said in the moment of grief.