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May 29, 2023

[Eleazar] arose and struck down the Philistines until his hand was weary and clung to the sword. 2 Samuel 23:10 (AMPC)

Weariness is a choice.

Does that surprise you? Let me explain. If you become physically tired from manual labour, you can take a break until your strength returns. But you can’t fix mental or emotional weariness that way because it is a mindset you choose to accept.

Second Samuel 23:9-10 records the story of one of David’s mightiest warriors, Eleazar. He stood together with David against the Philistines after the rest of the Israelite army retreated. Facing overwhelming odds, Eleazar refused to allow weariness into his head or his heart. How do we know? Today’s verse says he fought until his hand grew weary—not his heart or mind. His mental and emotional mindset kept him going.

In 2 Samuel 23:11-12, another one of David’s top warriors, Shammah, held his ground and singlehandedly drove back the Philistines. One warrior faced an entire army and beat them back! That fortitude comes from an internal decision to continue no matter what.

In Matthew 9:29 (GNT), Jesus said, “Let it happen, then, just as you believe!” If you believe you can’t handle something anymore, you won’t. But the more you believe, “My strength comes from the Lord,” or, “God’s angels surround and protect me,” the more everything changes.

Galatians 6:9 reminds us to not become weary in doing good. That means you don’t have to give in to a mindset of weariness. Like David’s mighty warriors, you can choose to reject weariness and stay in the fight. Best of all, God’s Word promises that at just the right time you’ll reap a harvest of blessing if you don’t give up.

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