Thursday, March 1

Obeying Instead of Exhausting

Read Proverbs 16:1-9 

I can’t begin to count the number of times I have heard, “I’m so busy. I have too much going on and I’m exhausted.”

I can’t begin to count the number of times I’ve said it myself.

The definition of exhaust is to drain of strength or energy, wear out, or fatigue greatly. I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound like something God had in mind for my life.

If we find ourselves running on empty, it is important to remember that God didn’t stack up an insurmountable heap of responsibilities. We do that to ourselves. Sure, God stretches us and requires us to exert energy, but he has not called us to stretch ourselves so thin that we feel weak at the end of every day.

We may think we are bringing him glory by volunteering for everything that is available. However, chances are, we won’t able to give 100% in every area we commit to.

You don’t have to do it all. God doesn’t want you to exhaust yourself.

“Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, 

because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” 

 (Genesis 2:3) 

See, God takes it easy too. Go figure.

If you find yourself discontented with all of the running around you are doing, then it is time to practice saying “no.” It’s ok not to commit yourself to every opportunity that presents itself. If someone is asking you to travel to Mexico to build schools for underprivileged children you don’t have to say “yes.” Just because it may be God’s work that is being asked of you, doesn’t mean that it is the work you are specifically being called to do.

“In their hearts humans plan their course,

 but the Lord establishes their steps.” 

 (Proverbs 16:9) 

Take a break from your schedule and refresh yourself. God delights in our efforts, but he doesn’t require us to overwork ourselves.

The Lord will speak to you and tell you exactly what he wants you to be doing. Make sure you aren’t too busy to listen.

1 comment:

Aly sun said...

"God delights in our efforts, but he doesn’t require us to overwork ourselves." I may need to frame this. Thanks for writing such an applicable article. Needed it!