Sunday, December 2, 2018

"Finish Strong" Devotional ~ Day 6

Day 6 - Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

Are You Tired?

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall. (Isaiah 40:30)

Jesus was often tired while he was here on earth. You remember when he went sound to sleep on the boat and a terrible storm didn't awaken him? He was tired. We read in John 4 that he was tired from a long journey. I think there is abundant evidence that he frequently grew tired and weary from dealing with people. You can hear the exhaustion in his voice when he says, "O unbelieving and perverse generation, how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you?" (Matthew 17:17). 


We can know that Jesus understands our tired bodies and minds because he experienced all of that while he took the form of man here on earth. He sympathizes with our weaknesses and the limitations we face. Just knowing that helps me a lot.

Do you remember how exhausted Elijah was after his victorious encounter with Baal, where he performed mighty miracles of God and defeated the enemies? He was so tired, he wanted to die. You should expect to be tired and weary after a spiritual high. Maybe God has been using you in an unusual way, and you've seen God's blessings on your life. Remember after those times to expect to feel weary. 

So, it's okay to be tired. But we have to determine if we're tired for the wrong reasons. Have you been trying to be all things to all people lately? That's exhausting ~ and you can never succeed. Perhaps you've taken on jobs God never intended you to do, and you're tired from trying to do too much. Maybe you're trying to do everything to total perfection. Perfectionists are usually very tired people.

You may be tired because you've got your priorities confused. There's always time to do God's will, but when we try to do more than God has given us to do, then we get into exhaustion and burnout. 

Today's Challenge:
To examine why I am tired and ask myself if it's normal, to-be-expected tiredness that will go away with some needed rest, or if it's because I have my priorities confused.

Today's Prayer:
Lord, I know that you understand tired bodies, and I know that sometimes being tired is inevitable and necessary. But please help me to avoid doing things that create unnecessary fatigue and keep me exhausted. Help me to see where my priorities are misplaced.

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