Life - One Day at a Time
By Linda Lee
Many people, even Christians are experiencing weariness and burnout. Ask, "How are you?" and listen to the replies: "Tired!" "Busy!" "Worn out!" Sound familiar? Webster's Dictionary defines burnout as: 1 : the cessation of operation of a jet or rocket engine 2 : exhaustion of one's physical or emotional strength; also : a person suffering from burnout.
The Bible predicts that in the End Times, Satan will wear out the saints (born again believers). The NIV translation says, "defeating them." (Daniel 7:25) God does not want us to live defeated lives. The Message translation says Jesus came so we could have real life, more and better life than we ever dreamed of. (John 10:10) I want overflowing, fulfilling life beyond my wildest dreams, don't you?
How can we consistently walk in the strength and power of God? How can we live so that God's promises are fulfilled in our lives everyday? First, we must realize that God loves us and wants to take care of us. (See Heb. 13:5 and Luke 21:34.) Secondly, we don't have to do everything in our own strength.
Not by might, not by strength but by My power, says the Lord.
We need God's help to walk in His strength and power. God never intended us to have to do everything on our own. The Bible tells us to believe and to wait on God and He will give us rest (Heb. 3;18-19). Our job is to believe God and wait on Him. Wait on the Lord and He will renew your strength. Since early childhood this passage from Isaiah 40 has always been a favorite:
Even selected young men (like Olympic athletes today) shall stumble and fall exhausted but those who wait on the Lord will fly like eagles, soaring high above the storm. When we put our trust and hope in the Lord, we will find renewed strength and soar above our problems. God has promised that if we wait on Him we shall change and find renewed strength and power. We will not grow weary or become tired.
29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
31 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.
Many believers grow weary during the wait. God wants us to wait on Him without getting weary, so we will be able to do everything He calls us to do and still have energy. Joyce Meyer calls waiting on the Lord an inner heart attitude1 that we develop. This attitude means we are waiting on the Lord for every need, every hour, all day long, Jesus said in John 15:5, "I am the vine; you are the branches - apart from me you can do nothing."
The third aspect is waiting on God's timing. When you look to God for wisdom, strength, energy and health, this enables Him to release His anointing through you. Depend on God, leaning on Him and trusting Him completely like a child. Jesus told His disciples not to forbid or hinder the children to come to Him - for to such belongs the kingdom of God. (Mark 10:14) You will find that this simplifies life quite a bit, helping us work and live with more ease. Jesus said, "My yoke is easy, My burden is light." (Matt 11:30)
Remember, God is always working in our behalf, behind the scenes lining up everything that must be in place for His perfect timing, including our right heart attitude. When the time is right and all the circumstances are lined up God's plan and purposes for you will come to pass.
We need NOT be overcome with weariness and burnout. Jesus has provided a way to have strength in midst of attack. We are told to fearlessly and confidently draw near to the throne of grace so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it]. (Heb 4:16 Amplified)
Ask God to help you not grow weary during the wait. Remember, the Bible promises God will never be late (although He is usually not early)!
-Walking in God's grace and favor
1 Joyce Meyer, Weary Warriors Fainting Saints.
Living Life One Day at a Time- "So don't be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time. Matt 6:34 (TLB)