Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- November 6, 2011
“David went down with his men to fight against the Philistines, and he became exhausted.… But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to David’s rescue; he struck the Philistine down and killed him.” 2 Samuel 21:15b, 17a
Spiritual battle fatigue is the time you are the most susceptible to sin. Now is not the time to add another initiative, or you could flail away, faithless and vulnerable to unwise decision-making. Indeed, there are friends in your life whom you can trust for counsel and direction. It is imperative for you to get under their accountability. Accountability is something given by you. So, use this time of exposure to submit to their support and good advice. If you plow ahead, however, you are taking unnecessary chances.
Exhaustion blurs the mind and deceives the heart. When you are spent is not the time to confront conflict. A tired life faces conflict at a disadvantage. Either you lash out in anger over the injustice you are feeling, or you lose your patience and judge others prematurely. Do not be embarrassed to admit that you need a break. This is a time to explicitly trust others for a season and not to teeter on the edge of exhaustion.
People are waiting in the wings to rescue you. Yes, it is humbling to think we need to be rescued. But without the assistance of a friend or relative, you may very well collapse under the weight of the burden you are bearing. Confess your need and accept their help. Everyone will be blessed as a consequence.
Battle fatigue also requires reengagement with God. Your sweet time with Jesus is required to gain back your strength in Him. Your inner resolve is renewed by focused time with your heavenly Father. He understands the demands of your world. He is there to renew your mind with the truth of His Word. He is sensitive to your damaged heart, and with His comfort and love He will extract the fiery darts of the enemy and bring healing. He recognizes your frail faith and is positioned to inject it with hope and peace.
God specializes in “soul care” by giving rest and refuge to exhausted lives. Moreover, while God is strengthening you, Jesus is fighting for you. He is the righteous warrior par excellence! The battle scars of Christ were born out of heated moments of engagement with Satan himself. Jesus understands the wiles of the devil. He has met him face to face and has overcome Him by the Word of God. And so shall you.
Indeed, you have the privilege of submitting to the Lordship of Jesus so that He can fight for you. In your own strength, especially in your place of exhaustion and fading faith, you are no match for the unseen enemy. He will use mind games and emotional sabotage to get you to give up on God. Now is the time to call upon the name of the Lord. He will save you from yourself. He will save you from Satan. He will save you from sinners. He will save you from success. He will save you from exhaustion.
God is your righteous rescuer, who is poised to invade the enemy’s territory. Do not be shy to invite Him into the battle with you. Your faith may be waning, but men of flesh and blood are not the foe. Spiritual battles require spiritual resources. Therefore, seek His face and apply His resources well!
Taken from Dose 73 in the 90-day devotional book, Infusion.
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