“Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel: ‘My way is hidden from the LORD, and my just claim is passed over by my God’? 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 40:27-31
Are you feeling a bit faint and weary today in all God has asked of you to do for those He has placed in your life? Are you finding yourself wondering if you can make it through another day filled with the pressures of life that surround you and the constant needs placed upon you by children, extended family, friends, your job, your church, your community? God never promised those who follow Him that their days would be filled with leisure, but rather that our days would be filled with Him and His work to redeem a lost world. Our human bodies even in the prime of their youth cannot withstand the constant pressures of this world, yet we have the ability to call on our God who “neither faints nor is weary” to do the work He calls us to each day. Our human nature pressures us to retreat and hide away for a while so refreshment can be found, but our verse today combats that thought of retreating and reminds us that in God alone comes refreshment to those who find themselves depleted in their service.
Oswald Chambers talks about exhaustion from serving others for the Lord. He states, “Exhaustion means that the vital forces are worn right out. Spiritual exhaustion never comes through sin but only through service, and whether or not you are exhausted will depend upon where you get your supplies. Jesus said to Peter – ‘Feed My sheep, ‘but He gave him nothing to feed them with. The process of being made broken bread and poured our wine means that you have to be the nourishment for other souls until they learn to feed on God. They must drain you to the dregs. Be careful that you get your supply, or before long you will be utterly exhausted. Before other souls learn to draw on the life of the Lord Jesus direct, they have to draw on it through you, you have to be literally ‘sucked,’ until they learn to take their nourishment from God. We owe it to God to be our best for His lambs and His sheep as well as for Himself.”
Do not try to hide away from God and from life if you are feeling exhausted. Instead, seek the Lord and find an in Jesus the living water He can supply and sustain you with. The living water Jesus supplies will not only fill your soul, but fill you to overflowing so in turn you can use the excess to quench the spiritual thirsts of those who come to you today to nourish their souls.