Life can be exhausting. Think of what takes so much energy:
- Tasks to be done. (And, dealing with situations where the task was not done or was not done well.)
- Maintenance and stewardship of finances. (And, dealing with finances when you have overspent and lived beyond your means.)
- Care and feeding of relationships. (And, dealing with relationships where there is conflict. Friends. Marriage. Parents/children.)
- Emotions. Expressing them and managing them. (And, dealing with emotions that expressed in certain ways can actually be harmful.)
You can probably think of more factors that account for life being so exhausting. This morning, I want to leave you with Scripture. These words from Isaiah 41 have been so helpful and hopeful to me:
You whom I have taken from
the ends of the earth, And called from its remotest parts, And said
to you, "You are My servant"; I have chosen you and not rejected
you. Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about
you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help
you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Behold, all those who are angered at you will be shamed and
dishonored; those who contend with you will be as nothing, and will
perish. You will seek those who quarrel with you, but will not find
them, Those who war with you will be as nothing, and non-existent.
For I am the Lord your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says
to you, "Do not fear, I will help you."