Isaiah 40:30-31 (ESV)
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for 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.
Are you tired? I’m not just talking about going and taking a nap tired, although that’s
not a bad idea! I’m also talking about your emotional gas tank being stuck on EMPTY.
You’re running on fumes. It seems to me that many people today are at their emotional
breaking point. When we are tired both physically and emotionally it takes a severe toll
on our health, our relationships, and even on our productivity. The truth is, if we don’t
take time to rest, the cumulative effect over time will be burnout. I’m pretty confident
that this is not the way God designed it. Somewhere along the line we got away from
doing life God’s way. For example, God, who is perfect in His being needs no rest – but
notice what He did after creating the world…He rested! (Read Genesis 2:2-3)
When Jesus walked planet earth we see that He often took time to rest and recharge…
● Matthew 8:23-37 – Jesus slept through an intense storm. Fully God and fully
man, and yet after a day of ministry Jesus was tired and took a much needed
● Luke 5:15-16 – Jesus often broke away from the huge crowds that came to Him
for times of prayer and solitude. Again, not all rest is physical. Many times we
need some quiet and extended time with our Heavenly Father.
● Mark 6:30-33 – Listen to Jesus’ invitation to the disciples… “the apostles gathered
around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so
many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat,
he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.”
I’m not sure why resting is so hard for us. Perhaps it’s an issue of pride, if I rest or take a break, things around me will crumble. Maybe it’s because we don’t want to deal with difficult things and so we keep ourselves busy to avoid them. Either way, it’s a destructive trend.
If Jesus could break away from the large crowds that came to Him for teaching and healing then what’s my excuse?
Rest is a humbling thing in that it reminds us that we have limits. Despite how healthy we may be, and despite the vitamin supplements we take for stamina and strength, we can’t go on and on with limitless energy. Even youths grow tired and weary and fall in exhaustion the Scripture says. While we rest, the world continues on and God remains on His throne.”
Not long ago, I read a quote that I took a screenshot of so I would not forget it’s wisdom
and warning. The quote said, “If you get tired, learn to rest, not quit!” This is my prayer for you.
The final word is the cross. I am thankful that I can rest in the finished work of Jesus on the cross. That’s the ultimate rest for our sin-sick souls. All praise be to God!