I Am Tired

I Am Tired

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Nothing will make you feel more helpless, overwhelmed, and at your wits-end than being tired. Fatigue comes in many forms and comes from all manners of life. According to the most recent data, more than 70 percent of the American workforce reports they are physically tired while at work. Tiredness can be much more than physical, though. How often are you mentally, emotionally, socially, or spiritually tired? The truth is… if we were asked, most of us would admit we are either tired of something or tired from something.

With all the responsibilities and expectations at work, at home, with family, with friends, and on top of all those, the responsibilities our faith places on us—how can we feel anything but exhaustion? I know what it is like to pour out every drop of strength you have at work just to come home to more work. That is tiring. My wife knows what it is like to pour out every drop of strength she has while I’m at work to care for our son, our home, and our lives just for me to come home and grumble and complain about pitching in. That must be exhausting. There you are together at the end of the day, excited to get some rest so you can do it all over again the next day… and wouldn’t ya know it? Your son wakes you up every 30 minutes crying. There is a long list of things in my life to be tired from, but I could just as easily make a longer list of things I am tired of. I AM TIRED! Are you?

We were intentionally and purposefully created to get tired. God gave our bodies, minds, and spirits limitations and boundaries for a reason. When we reach the brink of these limits, it reminds us that we are not God. It reminds us that only God is omnipotent. It shows us that it is time to STOP. Life is a constant example of time marching on. Sometimes when we try to seize the day and redeem the time we have, we wind up running ourselves into the ground. One of the hardest lessons to learn in life is learning when it is time to press on and persevere and when it is time to shut it down and rest.

Scripture provides a powerful theme of God instilling and even commanding the importance of rest in His followers. In the very beginning, God rested on the seventh day of creation and after doing so, He blessed and sanctified that day as holy (Genesis 2). He commanded the Israelites have a nationwide day of rest in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:8-11). He brought the Israelites to the Promised Land, a place of rest (Joshua 1:13). Jesus took time to rest over and over throughout the gospel accounts (Luke 5:16). Christ also offers rest to all those who follow Him (Matthew 11:28-30). The ultimate goal and purpose for a life of faith is to lead us to the final rest of our home in Heaven (Revelation 14:13). From the foundation of the world, God has planned rest for His people.

The confusing thing is when we read other Scriptures that tell us not to grow tired, not to grow weary, and seemingly call us not to rest. Paul told the Christians in Thessalonica, “But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.” 2 Thessalonians 3:13. He also told the Brethren in Galatia, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9. To the Church in Corinth, he said, “Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart.” 2 Corinthians 4:1. Which is it? Do You want me to rest, or do You want me to keep on keepin’ on? The only answer I have found to this question is… YES. God wants me to rest, AND He wants me to press on.

I don’t know how the world does it. I don’t understand how people can go through life and the grind of each day without faith in God. Through His blessings or His presence, God is the only true sense of rest I ever get (Psalm 4:8,46:1,62:1,62:5,73:26; Jeremiah 31:25). If you are hoping to get a definitive tried and true solution for tiredness—I am sorry, I do not have the answer. I’m not sure we are meant to find the answer to this one. But I do know where you can get rest. I do know Someone who has done everything in His power to give you rest. Only One can offer you eternal rest, and His name is Yahweh.

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might he increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31

-Ben Hogan, Minister of Evangelism