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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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Sep 24

Written by: Andries
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 3:12:21 AM  RssIcon

One of our challenges is that our strength is exhaustible. We all run out of energy sometimes and have to face the problem of being weary.

 

We simply have to deal with weariness. We cannot accept being sick and tired as a way of life. We all have to learn about how to tap into the strength of God to overcome the risks of exhaustion, because the risks are many and it holds danger for our physical health, emotional wellness and our spiritual vitality.

 

Isaiah 40:30-31 deals with the fact that we all become tired, even the youth and even vigorous young men! It says:

"Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength: They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary."

 

Isaiah, here deals with two truths we should be aware of to be able to defend our ourselves against weariness and to manage our risks. The first is the obvious truth that every one grows weary. Even the fittest and healthiest young person does.

The second truth is a deeper and most important truth and faith reality, that, as we learn to trust and expectantly wait on the Lord, we tap into his inexhaustible strength. Are we willing to learn about how to, through faith and trust in God, manage our energy, challenges and risks through a living relationship with the Lord?

 

We need to take note of the risks of allowing ourselves to become exhausted.

And it is a choice to take on too much, to stress too much, not to be able to say no, in time, to have life priorities where being rested and having time to rest on God are too low on our list. Then we run the risk of being so vulnerable that we, in the words of Isaiah “stumble badly”.

 

When we allow ourselves to become too tired we also become vulnerable and defenseless against the enemy, namely evil attacks and temptations. We also lose perspective and we become victims of despair, of despondency and depression. We may burn all our energy to try to win the whole world and then we may lose our souls, our very lives, as Jesus warned.

 

Here is a hint of where to start - if we in faith rest upon the Lord, trust his judgment, live according to his values, say no to the principles of darkness that run our plans, dreams and diaries, and return to the restful peace who is our God, and fellowship with the source of light, who is our God, and obey the Kingdom principles of the all wise and all knowing, who is our God, we will fly, run and walk with joy and hope and enthusiasm, again!

 

Say no to exhausting schedules.

Say yes to being recuperated by sharing quiet time and worship time with the source of rest, love, trust and hope, Jesus Christ, who died, that we may live triumphantly.

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