Renew your strength
'Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.' Isaiah 40:31 NIV
When we're working for God's Kingdom and serving him, we can feel amazing because we're doing what God's called us to do. But we can also become exhausted, disillusioned and stressed. It's great to have a good work ethic, and to want to do what we can for God. But we can't give him, and others, our best if we're burnt out. We can't fill an empty bucket from a dry well.
In order to keep giving out we must keep our batteries charged: spiritually, emotionally and physically. This does mean resting. But it also means relying on God's strength, and not our own. When we do things in our own strength, it's easy to become exhausted and even resentful of what we're doing, and who we're doing it for.
The Bible gives us this great promise: 'Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint' (Isaiah 40:31 NIV). Eagles don't just fly, they soar high above the storms below. And when we go to God for the strength we need, we're told we will 'soar on wings like eagles'. With our own strength we may be able to fly for a while, but with God's strength we can soar for a lifetime.
So what now? When you're feeling run down and tired, know that you have a source of strength to rely on. Ask God to give you the strength you need to soar above any storms you're facing.
Soulfood: 2 Sam 14:21-33 2 Sam 15 2 Sam 16 2 Sam 17:1-13 John 3:1-21 Ps 89:15-37 Pro 23:15-18,