Encouragement for the Exhausted

I’m tired.

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!


12 thoughts on “Encouragement for the Exhausted

  1. Tebogo says:

    Thanks for word of encouragement when I was reading your blog I just saw the grace of God,I have been feeling emotional drained I end up having a headache and then I landed up in hospital because I am not well,so I just like to say thanks and May God Bless you

  2. Mirjam says:

    Just what I needed to hear (read) two days ago. Thank you! (Tried to post a reply then, but couldn’t login for some strange reason)

    Blessings from Ireland!

  3. rannpx3 says:

    A very refreshing word. Thank you!!!

  4. MylahSai says:

    “Being busy doesn’t impress God”… this will stick with me. Today, I’m feeling especially exhausted. Case in point, my FB status I just posted before reading your post was “Hear my cry dear Lord and bring me rest. The clouds are here, but I know they won’t be here to stay. God is working things out for my good…because I love Him. He knows I’m EXHAUSTED. I don’t make time for myself. I live my life for everyone else. I can’t keep this up. I will fall over one day if I’m not careful.” Your post was right on time. Thank you so much!!!

  5. Nikolay says:

    Good article and everything that is written in it, the truth, and the truth, indeed, we sometimes happen so hard and lonely and if we forget about God, the devil is attacking us here.So it’s not going to lose faith and hope and always remember that our God is always with us, every second.

  6. A good and timely word. Thanks!

  7. Shawn Allen says:

    Thanks for the good word!!

  8. Annie says:

    Thank you so much for this! Really needed it today!

  9. Elijah, rest under the tree of God. He is there.

  10. John Toole says:

    very good read, seems we try so hard to do more than is needed, sometimes we need to listen and follow, this takes humility. It seems like we want to be in control and when things don’t go our way we become frustrated and wore down. Praise God that we can recharge and renew our strength by looking to our him when times are tough and focus is lost. We don’t always know how things are gonna work out but they will, our God promises us his perfect will for our lives if we submit to obedience.

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