Exiled to Exhaustion

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 “He was tired to death” (Judges 16:16 NRS).



O how I can empathize with that.  Have you ever been tired to death?  So exhausted that your bones ache, your muscles are sore, and your mind races around in meaningless circles.  You have to focus, but your mind won’t.  You need to rest, but the sleep can’t overwhelm your anxiety.   Your energy is sapped into a black hole of endless days where you find no hope for another way of living.  You feel hopeless, doomed.  Your whole being sighs deeply.

But then you remember the prophet Isaiah’s words:

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.  He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless.  Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for 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” (40:28-31).

In the sacred text lies a promise: the God of creation will renew our strength.  Your entire being responds, “If only it could be true!”  It is.  God is ever ready and willing to be your sanctuary, your retreat from this malaise.  All you have to do, according to scripture, is… wait.  You do not need to cajole God with words of praise.  You need not bother with lavish offerings and displays of worship.  Just wait.  God does not need a reason to renew you; God will do it because God loves you.  To God alone are you a being of infinite worth, sacred and precious beyond all the treasures of Earth and Heaven.  So the next time you feel tired to death.  Just stop trying to fix it yourself; trying to will it away, trying to cure it with coffee or energy drinks.  Sit down and wait on the Lord.  In all our running around trying to do everything, how often are we really just running away from God, the source of our renewal, the font of rejuvenation?  You do not even have to turn back and go searching for God.  When you stop and turn around, you will find that God has been there behind you all along, waiting for you to stop and notice.  And when you wonder, “Have you been here all along?  This whole time?”  God will reply, “Have you not known?  Have you not heard?”

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