Seriously, at this very moment I’m having difficult holding my eyes open despite the fact that I just drank a fully caffeinated Diet Coke and it’s the middle of the afternoon. Like many of you, I’m just in a tiring season of life. I’ve got bills to pay, tasks to complete and three young kids who bring huge amounts of joy (but also huge amounts of exhaustion).
There’s a verse in Scripture that I read which gives me encouragement to trust in God’s strength and not my own in those moments when I feel worn out. It says…
“Those who trust in the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
This verse doesn’t mean that we’re never going to feel tired. Every person who has ever lived has been (in my Kentucky lingo) “plum tuckered out” at some point or another. What this verse and others like it are saying to encourage us is…
1. Whatever God has called you to start, He will empower you to complete. The Bible says that “He who began a good work in your will carry it through to completion.” It’s reassuring to remember that God’s work in our lives is based on His strength and not ours. He just calls us to be faithful and obedient to continue towards the finish line knowing He will carry us.
2. God is Bigger than whatever is stressing you out! It’s encouraging just to remember that one hundred years from now, whatever seems so big and impossible to me in this moment will seem very insignificant but God will still be All-Powerful and He’s the one taking care of us for Eternity.
3. Being Busy doesn’t impress God. I think sometimes we fall into the trap of thinking that if we’re not constantly wearing ourselves out, then we’re not pleasing God. He never called us to break our backs in impress Him. If fact, even though life will often be hard, Jesus promises to be our Oasis, not our Slavedriver.
Jesus says, “Come to me all you who are weary and carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest. My yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Rest in the knowledge that God loves you, He is with you, and no matter what you’re going through, He will be one the one to carry you through!