Psalm 73:26 (KJV)

26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

Burnout, the very expression seems to make us sigh, doesn’t it?

In this fast paced, overworked world, most of us have felt the tiring numbness of burnout. How should a believer in Christ respond to these feelings?

1-      Surrender. You may think that this means to throw up your hands and cry, “I give up!” but that is NOT what we must do. Rather, we should surrender everything we have to the Lord. His hands are large enough to handle everything we need Him to handle.
Remember what God says: “I have made the earth, and created man on it. I—My hands—stretched out the heavens, and all their hosts I have commanded” (Is. 45:12).

When we try to keep everything in our puny little hands, we eventually start dropping it all.

2-      Depend on Him.  Have you ever relinquished a concern to the Lord only to find yourself trying to pull it back out of His hands? We tend to want to fix things ourselves. The truth is, however, only God has both the power and the perspective to bring all matters to their proper conclusion (see Rom. 11:33-36). When we try to take things back from Him, we only interfere with the solution that He wants to bring about.

Trust Him.  Do not overlook this vital point: God loves you! Because of His great love, God wants to take care of you—and that means He wants to handle all of your worries (see Matt. 6: 25-34).

God doesn’t want you to run yourself into exhaustion, even by doing good deeds or church work. Instead, He desires that you rejoice in His rest (see Matt.11:29, 30). You may have reached the end of your rope, but God never will.  That’s why you must learn to say as Asaph did, “My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Are you burning out? If so, return to God and be rekindled today.

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