TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, November 03, 2020:
Fatigue, frustration, or apathy resulting from prolonged stress, over work or intense activity.
My soul finds rest in God lone; 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 have felt tired from manual labor and mental strain. If these conditions become constant or extreme, consciously or unconsciously, it is very easy for one to feel they have become 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 will never run out of power 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 of Isaiah chapter 40, we find that “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” 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 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 a burnout is coming, 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 may come our way.
When we feel burnt out and exhausted, we must take 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 renews our 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. This is the way we can replace striving with resting and trusting.
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. God is faithful to His promises and He wants us to trust in Him and call upon Him to fulfill His promise to renew our 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 I Corinthians 13:1.
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
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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