TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, September 19, 2018:
Fatigue, frustration, or apathy resulting from prolonged stress, over work or intense activity.
My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation. He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Many people today can recall times when their bodies and minds felt tired from manual labor and/or mental strain. If these conditions became constant or extreme, consciously or unconsciously, it was very easy for one to feel they were burned out.
But the good news is that the scripture provides us with specific encouraging words for such things including just plain exhaustion.
Isaiah 40:27-31 reveals for us three reassuring truths about God and His faithfulness in our times of exhaustion and feeling burned out.
In verse 28 we are told that the Lord “does not become weary or tired.” Therefore, we can call upon Him who is almighty and all powerful and will never run out of strength to share with us. His strength has never decreased and will not decrease in the future. In Hebrews 13:8 we are told that, “He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
In verse 29 we find that “He gives strength to the weary and power to those who are not mighty”. Our loving heavenly Father does not frown upon us when we feel we are weak. Instead, He embraces us and lifts us up when we feel weak or weary and are unable to help ourselves.
In verse 31 we are given an incredible promise. It reads, “Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, and they will walk and not become weary.”
The next time you start to feel that you are burned out and can’t carry on, read these verses. God has put us here on this earth for a reason as believers. Nowhere in scripture can we find that a burnout is acceptable because our God is bigger than any burnout that overwhelms us.
If we feel that a burnout needs to be dealt with we must first find the time to be still before the Lord and to rest in Him. In Mark 6:31, Jesus told His disciples, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” Resting in God for even a short time gives strength to our weary souls and quiets our racing minds, enabling us to partake of His strength.
When you feel that you have too much on your plate to accomplish you should ask yourself, “Are the activities in my life all necessary and chosen by the Lord?” In Psalm 46:10 we are told to, “Cease striving and know that I am God.” There are times in our lives that God wants us to slow down and realize that our lives are in His hands and for us to put our trust in Him. This is the way we can replace striving with resting and renewed strength.
Remember our God is faithful to provide for each of us a supply of endless divine strength to carry on what He has called us to do. We just need to trust in God and call upon Him to fulfill His promise to renew us with His strength. God is never too weary or too busy to help us when we call upon Him.
Our memory verse for this week is found in John 1:12.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God, to those who believe in His name.
Help me to take time today for a quiet moment to sit before You and listen to what You have for me. Provide for me today the strength and rest I need. Give me exactly what I need for the moment at hand.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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