“I’m worn out! My spirit feels mutilated and frazzled. I desperately need God’s help!”
Many of us have said something like this.
Exhaustion may be caused by a medical condition that we need to address; however, much of our tiredness comes from the stresses of modern-day living. We dash here and there, and then we feel exhausted and depressed. We fail to recognize the energy that God has for us. Every believer has access to His storehouse. What kinds of power does God possess?
“The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary . . . . He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (Isa. 40:28-29).
We may feel that the Lord has forgotten us or has ignored our needs. He hasn’t. He has creation power to infuse into those whose knees are weak and whose energy is low.
God is at work in our lives before birth. David said, “You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. . . . My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place . . . your eyes saw my unformed body” (Ps. 139:13-15).
We may think our birth was an accident or that it took place because of a sinful act. A dark fog of sin may have surrounded our conception, but God was there doing His work, showing His love, forming us to be the person He wanted.
We haven’t enough strength to make ourselves pure before God. Sin permeates the very fibers of our being and every characteristic of our personalities. We are saved through the working of His mighty power (Eph. 3:7).
Paul speaks of God’s “incomparably great power . . . like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead” (Eph. 1:19-20). Since God had the power to raise Jesus from death, He can certainly resurrect a broken life and renew a checkered past. Nothing is too hard for Him.
Paul said, “We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me” (Col. 1:28-29). Sometimes we teach others; sometimes we are the learners. Part of the Holy Spirit’s work is to teach us and to guide us into all truth (John 16:13). He will help us to learn spiritual truths and temporal duties when we ask for His power.
Paul encouraged the Ephesians to arm themselves “so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (6:11). Paul names the armor pieces: truth, righteousness, readiness, faith, salvation, and the Word of God. We can’t put them on by ourselves; we must ask for God’s help. We can’t stand by ourselves against the waves of evil crashing about in our world, but we can ask for God’s help to stand. “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then” (6:13-14).
We may lack the energy we need for daily living and for our spiritual health. Our power may drain away, but His power is vibrant and fresh for every assault. He has energy for every exhaustion.