God’s Formula for Fatigue

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matt 11:28)

It’s the Monday after Tulip Time and I am TIRED! My wife was busy volunteering with Rotary club, which put me in charge of the kids for a good chunk of the weekend. On top of that, we tackled part of a big landscaping project in our front yard. I didn’t get started on my weekly sourdough bread baking until 8pm last night, so my head hit the pillow sometime after midnight. Needless to say I’m feeling a bit less than energetic!

As Christians we don’t just deal with physical fatigue; there are times when we wrestle with spiritual fatigue as well. I think a good deal of our spiritual struggles are actually tied to the fact we live in a world of constant stimulation that just never seems to stop or slow down; the news bombards us with worry, anxiety, and fear, which wears us down even more. So what’s the answer? How do we find rest for our souls?

The words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew offer hope; in chapter 11 verse 28 he says this:

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Max Lucado talks about the rest we find in Jesus in his devotional “God’s Formula for Fatigue.” He starts by asking some questions for us all - "The futility of life zaps strength from life. Do you know the wait of futility? Is it worth it? When I get what I want, will it be worth the price I paid?" Not getting the things we think we need wears us out, and striving after the things we need (or want) wears us out too. That’s why the words of Jesus from Matthew 11:28 are such a light in the darkness! In Christ we can rest!!!

Max ends his devotional with these encouraging words:

People brought him the burdens of their existence, and he gave them not religion, not doctrines, not systems, but rest.

As a result, they called him Lord.

As a result, they called him Savior.

And they all found rest. My prayer is that you, too, my friend, will find rest.