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July 2015

Monday, 06 July 2015

Dog Tired
'God...told His people..."Let the weary rest."' Isaiah 28:12 NLT


It’s not like Elijah’s prayer life has died, nor has he committed some terrible sin. Far from it—he’s been on the frontline of God’s purpose. His faith is bold and exemplary. It’s just that he’s tired. Exhausted, in fact. He’s been running from one spiritual battle to another and now his body is fatigued. His mind is drained, his spirit worn out. When you’ve been running on adrenalin your body and mind eventually have to play ‘catch up’. For Elijah, there’s no exclusive spa to recuperate in. And so, after defeating hundreds of prophets of the bloodthirsty god Baal, he runs away, crawls under a tree in the hot sun and asks to die. (1 Kings 19:4) A bit dramatic? When we’re bone weary, our minds can lose perspective completely. At times like this, we need to stop. Completely. Elijah crawls to a quiet place and bares his soul. In the quiet place he finds God. And you can too. ‘Jesus said... “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. ...I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls... My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”’ (Matthew 11:25–30 NIV) What’s all that about, then? If you’re feeling burned out, your ability to appreciate life and make the most of opportunities will seem to fade. Does that resonate? Come to God before you get worn down completely. Take yourself to a quiet place and read about Elijah’s fatigue in 1 Kings 19. Follow it up with a time of soul–baring prayer.

SoulFood: 1 Sam 20:30-23:29, Matt 24:36-51, Ps 110, Prov 17:15-17

word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2015 UCB International Ltd

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