In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me! Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!
For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name's sake you lead me and guide me; you take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for you are my refuge.
Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God. (Psalm 31)
Have you ever been so exhausted, you couldn't think straight? That's where I'm at many days. At times, I feel beset, like I get no rest. Even on my days off, I end up returning to work more exhausted than the day before I rested. I know I'm not the only one who ever felt that way. As a matter of fact, I look throughout the word, and I see the prophets, the apostles, and yes, even Jesus, become weary. What do we do in these times? How do we keep from exhausting ourselves? If even Jesus (when he became fully human) had to rest, why do we put so much pressure on ourselves to over-perform? The fact is, We can do NOTHING on our own. When Jesus grew weary, when the Apostles and Prophets grew feint, they had to look to God and His Holy Spirit ti renew them. And so, I pray these to passages will encourage you to do two things: Rest in the Lord, and rely completely on Him for your strength. Wait. The Lord never grows tired. He is our refuge, and help is coming!
Why do you say, O Jacob,
and speak, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
and my right is disregarded by my God”?
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
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. (Isaiah 40:27-31)