Book: Proverbs 30
“I am weary, O God; I am weary and worn out, O God.”
Have you ever felt tired and exhausted? I know I have. You may be feeling that way right now. Hear the writer cry out to God letting Him know his condition. It is interesting to note that God already knew he was tired and weary.
So how does God respond to such a prayer? Matthew 11:28-30 answers that question for us, “Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.’” Coming to the King who has open arms, knows and understands all things, is the first step. His Love is so great for us that He wants to give us the strength, power and rest to accomplish all that we have to do for Him.
There are times when the reason we are tired and worn out is because we have not followed through on what we ought to have. Could it be that we tried to do something on our own strength instead of relying on God’s strength? Could we have not taken a day off to rest (or at least slow down)?
I remember one of those time’s when I was exhausted as it was just before I took a three month sabbatical. The first day of sabbatical I remember going up to my office in our home, sitting down in preparation for doing some personal study. Before the sabbatical I had determined several topics that I was going to study during that time. That morning, when I sat down, I sensed that God was saying, ‘shove those topics aside and let’s look at what ‘Sabbath’ is all about. I thought that was a good idea since I was on a Sabbatical, but I thought that study would only last a day or two. Four or Five weeks later I was still studying it. I realized that I had not done a good job of taking regular days off for rest. Instead I had been using every moment I could in ministry. God showed me that was not what He had for me. Rest is good! It is not laziness.
If you are tired and weary, run, hobble or crawl to the Lord and speak honestly to Him about it. Then turn that tiredness, exhaustiveness, and weariness over to Him and receive His strength and power. Build times of rest into your life. Receive what the King has for you!
Isaiah 40:29 “He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.”
Jeremiah 31:25 “For I have given rest to the weary and joy to the sorrowing.”