With our busy jobs, family responsibilities, and everything else taking up space in our lives, it can be hard to find time to rest. But God tells us that we must rest and spend time with Him, especially when we are tired and weary.
Jesus told his disciples: “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” (Mark 6:31)
In this chaotic word, Jesus wants us to meet with him through prayer and reading of the Scripture – there we will find true rest and renewal of our bodies and minds.
“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” – Jeremiah 31:25
Are you allowing your career to take over your life? Has your career become a barrier to your spiritual growth? Billy Graham wants to remind us that “we are greater than our work”.
“Our work was never meant to become the centre of our lives. That place belongs only to God.” – Billy Graham
Regardless of what job or responsibility is tiring you out, everyone needs time to be still with the Lord.
A pastor who was exhausted and burned out once asked Billy Graham, “I’ve heard about people in business getting burned out, but can it happen to someone who is supposed to be serving God?”
Billy Graham said: “Yes, it certainly can. I think, for example, of the prophet Elijah in the Old Testament, who was used by God to defeat the pagan prophets of Baal. But afterward, Elijah was absolutely exhausted and fled into the wilderness, even asking God to take away his life. (See 1 Kings 18-19.)”
He also reminded the pastor to take care of himself emotionally and spiritually. He reminded him that church leaders can’t be too harsh with themselves, that they also need to dedicate time to their own spiritual growth rather than be burdened by the expectations of their congregation.
Billy Graham added: “Finally, guard yourself spiritually. Take time to be alone with God every day, reading His Word, the Bible, and committing your burdens to Him in prayer. Remember the Bible’s promise: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength” (Isaiah 30:15, NKJV).”