Where Does My Help Come From?
Where Does My Help Come From?
As we go through different adversities and stressors in our life there will be times when we are challenged by the fatigue that we experience. We may be experiencing difficulties at work, at home, at church or in our extended family. Whatever the stressors that we are experiencing they are sure to cause us physical and spiritual fatigue to some degree. We grow weary and don't know how to remedy the problem. We may attempt to just shake the problem off chalking it up to the idea that sometimes life and the events of life are hard and you just have to press on through the event. In reality we are missing a solution to our problem as we attempt to press on through this event with our own strength.
As you read a lot of articles by our Christian brothers and sisters many of them seem to focus on what is called a hustle-mentality. What I believe that they are talking about when they use this term as followers of Jesus Christ, we must work harder in our effort to make a difference for our God. In effect what we need to do is "grind it out for God" and always be "building for the kingdom" I believe this creates confusion in the Christian society. In reality this thinking can interfere with our relationship to God. What I'm saying is when we take this type of mentality, we are in effect saying that we earn God's pleasure with our works, we have established a culture that measures our spirituality by our outward appearance and ability to produce measurable results. It seems to me that we have become resigned to the fact that we will go, go, go, only to eventually use up all of the resources that we have and thus experiencing "burnout", in effect we experience both physical and spiritual fatigue.
I have heard many Christians justify this thought by saying they will worry about resting when they're dead. My question to you is does it have to be this way? Is this our only option as followers of Jesus Christ? I believe that we should do what we can, when we can for our Lord as we consider all aspects of God's desires for us in this life. David wrote in: Psalm 127:1 (ESV) 1 Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.
Many times, we speak as though we believe that God is sovereign and is the one that makes things happen, but we live as though we are the most important factor in God being able to pull this off. What is the result of this way of thinking? Are we able to find rest when we think along these lines? If we are constantly in a state of unrest, we will never be able to operate and preform and fulfill the purpose that God has for each of us. We will continually be filled with striving and trying to move things forward according to our own plan, timeline, and strength. When we operate along these lines what are we telling God? What we in effect are telling our God is that we don't trust Him and we can do it on our own. With that kind of thinking God really doesn't need us, remember God is sovereign.
One of my favorite passages along this line, that we should wait on the Lord is found in Isaiah 40:30-31. I have sat and watched eagles soar for hours at a time without ever flapping their wings or expended any energy at all. They simply wait on the currents of the air to carry them higher as they search for food. This is a great object lesson for waiting on God. Isaiah 40:30–31 (ESV) 30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; 31 but they 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.
Normally we use this passage as an encouragement, but in reality, it is a flashlight that shines on so many people's disappointment. It says even youths shall faint and be weary and young men shall fall exhausted but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength just as the Eagles.
When our view of finding God’s, pleasure is rooted in the work that we can do for Him we are disenchanted and overwhelmed and as a result cannot find the Sabbath-rest that God so often talks about in His word.