The Cure for Exhaustion

It is obvious that we live in a world of instant gratification.  24/7 news, super fast computers and Internet service, texting, Instagram, and online shopping, create an environment where having to wait for something, anything, becomes more than an inconvenience and more like a personal insult.

The problem with the “I want it now” world is that life does not offer instant solutions to every problem we face.  We are beset by issues in our families, at work, and in our personal lives that require patience, careful reflection, investigation, consideration and calm, deliberate decision-making.  When we try to apply the example of the fast pace of our world to these problems, we end up depressed, angry, bitter and confused…utterly exhausted!  We also make reflexive judgments and decisions without the time and discernment to fully understand the consequences.

The Bible gives us instruction on peaceful living.  We are to “be still, ” “not judge, ” “wait,”  and “trust.”  How hard this comes to so many of us, including myself!  I can count too many times when I rushed into something, or made a snap judgment or decision for expediency and found myself in a bigger mess than when I started!

Psalm 37 has brought me around.  When I face trouble and difficulties I read it to remind me that alone I cannot really accomplish anything.  I need to have the Lord with me, and the Holy Spirit guiding me, so that I do not make a decision or come to judgment in the flesh alone, but rather with the Spirit providing me much-needed assistance.

“Wait on the Lord, and keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land; When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.  I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a native green tree, Yet he passed away, and behold he was no more.  Indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.” Psalm 37:34-37

Perhaps today you feel the ominous presence of the enemy, any enemy, surrounding you.  Like a leafy green tree his branches and leaves appear to be covering and smothering you, leaving nowhere to run and escape.  You feel panic, helplessness and are looking for a way out.  The Lord is there for you.  He loves you and has promised that you “shall inherit the land,” because it belongs to you and not the enemy.  He will provide a means and method for you to overcome your problems and to eliminate the enemy so soundly that you will look around and he will “not be found.”  However you must “wait on the Lord” and also you must “keep His way.”  Patience, trust and faith, combined with fervent prayer have seen me through many a personal struggle.  At home, at work, with my own self.  I have learned that I cannot heal myself and fix my troubles with snap decisions and judgments, relying on my own power, but rather I need to deliberate, pray and wait on the Lord, through my Spirit within, to guide me to a place of peace and joy and serenity.

I can honestly say that even as a Christian my life has not been without trouble (that is not a promise of the Bible), but that in every case (every time!) I have faced serious danger, when I have reached out to Him with true faith, a contrite heart and a willing Spirit the Lord has shown me a way out of trouble and into glory.  Each struggle was eventually overcome and I landed in a better place than I had been before.  These experiences proved conclusively to me  that God exists, that He loves and cares for me, that He has a plan for me and that He is the master of my life.  I willingly submit to Him and I encourage you to do so as well.

Whatever you are facing today.  There is hope, there is peace, and there is a way out of your struggle and into a place of abundance and joy through faith in Jesus Christ!

Don’t Let Your Heart Be Troubled!

Ebola!   Isis!   Drought!   Beheadings!   Earthquakes!  Missing planes!

Every day the news media blares the latest disasters and threats 24/7.  Experts and self-proclaimed experts talk, talk, talk incessantly whipping up a public frenzy as so many lurch from one crisis to another.  The crisis range from real, to exaggerated to manufactured. Each “news alert” brings bigger viewers and ratings and advertising dollars…but they also cause anxiety, depression and fear among so many people.  Edward R. Murrow, the dean of news reporting for many years in the 1940s and 1950s, worried that when the news room became part of a network’s profit center that real news would be lost in the chase for ratings and real investigative reporting would become extinct.

We live in a media age.  No one can escape what is taking place all over the world, reported as it happens in full color and with screaming audio. A fallen world will demonstrate violence, death, and various forms of evil each and every day.  It is very hard for many to fathom what the future will hold for them and their children because things look like they could not be worse.

As with all things that affect my life, I find solace and comfort and instruction when I retreat into my Bible and see what God has to offer on the subject.  What God offers is peace in a dangerous and threatening world.

The Lord tells us to come out of the world…to live in it but to come out of it.  We are not to cling to earthly things but renew our mind in faith and hope and love.  When we step back and examine who we are as men and women of faith, we realize we are other worldly and that there can never be place of peace for us in a sinful world.  No politician, no movement, no special interest group, no world body will ever be able to deliver the peace and joy that can only be found in Christ and the promise of eternity in Paradise.   Many have tried, none have ever succeeded. Men love the darkness too much.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2

The time is short…. this world in its present form is passing away. 1 Corinthians 7:29-31

Everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.  1 John 5:4

All the evil around us is in an event merely a distraction.  We are not to fear the world, our battle as Christians is not with worldly things but the fight of the enemy for our souls.  Events around us are only meant to cause retreat  and to doubt that a powerful God could allow such violence and suffering…but God is not the author of all that, we are.

As Christ spoke to his apostles:   Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

God has everything under control.  He knows His sheep and His sheep know Him.  The day will come when peace will reign but it will not be because of men, it will take the coming of the Lord to right all wrongs and restore His kingdom, which shall have no end!

Ignore the headlines and study your Bible.  Feed your mind with the bread of life and reject the feeding trough of death.