257. Exhausted?

“You look like you were run over by a train,” Stan said to me one morning.  “Hope it wasn’t the train to glory,” he added with a smile.

“I am exhausted,” I replied.  “I have been putting in very long hours at work trying to get a project finished.”

“Physical and mental work will inevitably lead to exhaustion without adequate rest,” Stan responded, “but the same is not true with spiritual work for God.”

“How can you say that?” I asked.  “Isn’t it the same thing?  It’s all effort that takes strength.”

“Depends on whose strength is involved,” Stan responded.

Continuing, he said, “If I am trying to do anything in my own strength, I am going to get exhausted because I only have so much strength to exert.”

“However,” he went on, “if I am relying on God’s strength, rather than on my own, for what is to be done, the harder I work the more of His energy and strength I am given.”

“Spiritual exhaustion is not possible if I am relying on the right source of strength,” Stan then said.

“If I am feeling tired and worn out, I have to look at who is trying to accomplish what.  Is it me, rather than God?”

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In the world you will have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.  John 16:33.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for the strength you give for me to do and to be what you have for me.  You know and I know that when I try to do anything in my own strength, rather than relying on you and your strength, the result is exhaustion.  Please, Lord, open me to see that if I am feeling exhausted from being yours, my focus is completely wrong.  You do not exhaust; you give strength.  And I ask you to fill me and keep on filling me with all you have for me to be who you intend so I will do what you have for me to do.  Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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