We were not made to rely on our own strength. We must rely on God’s strength to love Him and others well, and to accomplish His assignments for us.
Recently, I was feeling burned out and dry. I had no compassion to show love to my husband and lost joy in the things I was doing.
I asked Jesus why I was feeling this way. He made it clear and took me to Isaiah 40:31 which says, “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.”
I realized that I have not taken enough time to wait on the Lord to fill me with His strength to love and find life. God makes it clear in Isaiah 40 that He will show up to those who wait on Him with expectancy and fill them with strength to mount up with wings like eagles.
We were not meant to do life in our own strength, but to soar through life by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We receive God’s supernatural strength as we wait on the Lord with expectancy to speak and touch us with His grace.
Verse 31 makes it clear that those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. God’s strength comes as we wait upon Him with the expectation that He will show up and restore our broken and weary souls.
God doesn’t want us to rely on our own strength, but to rely on His strength and power which we receive by His grace.
Paul says in 2 Cor. 12:9, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
When we are feeling weak or incapable of doing the task at hand, we must look to Jesus and ask Him to give us His grace strength, and power to do what we need to do.
If we don’t feel like we can love, forgive, be patient, etc., we can look to Jesus and ask Him to fill us with His power to love well.
Don’t settle for only knowing what is the right thing to do, but let your weaknesses propel you to seek Jesus to fill you with His power.
When we are feeling overwhelmed and weak, that is our sign to go to Jesus and let Him fill us with His strength and power. Many times we push on and rely on our knowledge of God yet we are not seeking and waiting on God to strengthen us.
Burnout happens when we do things outside of God’s will or without Him.
I’ve had times when I have fallen into burnout because I was doing things without God, meaning I was not spending enough alone time with Jesus, and nstead of worshipping Him throughout the day, I would spend most of the day complaining.
Will you spend time waiting on God and seek Him to speak life and guide you into what you need in the Bible?
It’s not enough to rely on past knowledge of what God has spoken or what someone has said — we need His present Word and touch every day.
Jesus tells us to pray, “Give us today our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). Jesus is our daily bread that we must take of every day.
Relying on God also means trusting Him even when we don’t understand how the good will come out of our circumstances. We can only submit to God and see Him make a way in our road bumps by first trusting Him with all our hearts.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Will you let go of every worry and trust in the goodness and power of God?
Direction and open doors come as we trust God and rely on Him. Our weaknesses make room for us to receive God’s power and strength if we look to Him and ask Him. So remember, rely on God’s strength.
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for being our strength. We are grateful that in our weak moments, we can rely on You. Thanks for never disappointing us and always keeping Your word.