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Do you feel weary? This week on "Reaching Your World," Luis Palau offers encouragement to the exhausted.
Let’s call the man Dominic. He has been incredibly successful on many fronts. He has started successful businesses, and lives in a big home. From the outside, you might think he has it all together, but recently he confided in me that he has a terrible time sleeping. “Luis,” he said, “I’m up all night, stressed about my next business venture. I worry about finances. I worry about failure. I fear losing my company. I fear letting people down. It’s all on my shoulders, and not sleeping is driving me crazy. What should I do?” I told my friend that God always has our best intentions at heart—and that God is big enough to handle our fears, worries, and doubts.
Think about it—God made the entire universe. Of course he can handle our problems! I told Dominic that when we trust Jesus, we are inevitably less stressed. The Bible says in Psalms 4:8, “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety”. And in Isaiah 40:28, the Bible says, “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God. The creator of the ends of the earth; He does not grow faint or weary…”
This week, consider someone in your life who is letting stress affect them. Is there someone who seems rushed and tired and exhausted? Is that person you? In any case, share about Jesus—who created us, and who has our best interests in mind. Tell of how we can rest in Him, instead of trying to handle the pressures of life on our own.
This is Luis Palau.
Susan was a first-time mom. She and her husband loved their six-month-old, but more often than not, Susan just felt exhausted. The house was never clean. She didn’t remember what a full night of sleep was. She tried to meet the expectations put on her as a new mom, but she felt she was always falling short. In time, these things wore Susan down, and she began feeling overwhelmed.
Then one day, Susan was reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 11:28 and 29: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly of heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” This is exactly what she needed: to REST. But not just rest as in sleep; Susan needed to rest in Jesus. As busy as she was with a new baby, Susan needed to take time to pray, and listen to what God was putting on her heart.
You know, in all my years of ministry I’ve seen a lot of people like Susan. Just plain exhausted. Sometimes we’re tired because of things that happen beyond our control. And sometimes, we’re exhausted because of pressure we put on ourselves. In any case, going to Jesus, confiding in Him, and resting in Him is the best way we can feel rejuvenated. This week, think about an area of your life where you need rest. Then, talk to Jesus about it. Rest in His almighty presence. This is Luis Palau.
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