"But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent."
The local church often endures tribulation and turmoil but often as a result of its own attitude and sinfulness. Let it be made known that The Lord will not tolerate sin within the camp (Joshua 7-9) and will often bring the local church to its knees unlless there is an able willingess to heed the call of Scripture to "remember" what The Lord has called you to and then "repent" and get back to the basics of the gospel ministry.
There is good news to be had in the midst of the chaos. Instead of leaving us in the dark, The Lord has provided a warning and He has also afforded us the opportunity to repent.
So in the midst of the burden of travel, the sleeplessness that goes along with it, and the human aspect of sinfulness, let us never be suprised at what might come our way. Only remember that when it does come we must be ready to repent of our sins and also be willing to lead others in the local church into repentance as well.
Imagine a church that is never held accountable or never faces the judgment of God over a lack of repentance. The reality is that this would be no true church at all. Praise The Lord for making a spectacle of our darkness so that our secret sins might be brought out into the light, repetance might be made manifest, and fellowship with the living God might be restored.
When you are weary take rest that in our weakness the Lord's strength is made perfect.
Because of the cross,