those who hope in the lord will renew their strength

Matthew 11:28-30 says “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Galatians 6:9 says “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Isaiah 40:28-31 says “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but 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.”

Lately I’ve felt exhausted by my work. I come home ready for bed. I have little energy. It feels like my head is constantly full of the next thing on my to do list, and I can’t seem to shut it off.

So I’ve continued to pedal to the metal and hope that if I could JUST finish that email or note or session prep, THEN I would be good. And this morning, when I was pretending to do my devos but was really composing a work email in my head, I heard the Lord very clearly:

You’re going to keep being tired if you live this way. You’re going to keep being tired if you keep running to those things.

Oof. I immediately felt so convicted.

How often do we try to find fulfillment in worldly things? A promotion, a relationship, a new car, a better address? Maybe we run to social media instead of the word. Maybe we compare ourselves to each other instead of looking towards God. When we try to find fulfillment from our vices-whatever those may be-we find ourselves drained instead of filled. We only need to turn to God to ask for guidance instead-for He knows our plan. If only we ask Him for rest when we are tired-then there we will find it.

Lord, You always know just when to remind me that I am straying. Thank you for Your faithfulness, even when I don’t deserve it. Thank you for Your grace, even though I definitely fall short. Thank you for Your guidance, even when I think I have everything all figured out. Forgive me for running to things when I should be running to You. Thank you, Lord, for always being there with open arms.

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