I'm Struggling, Lord

Day 8 of 10 • This day’s reading

I’m so weary

Some fatigue comes because you have given your body and mind a good workout that day. You are physically and mentally tired, but your soul is content because you got a lot done. Then there’s the fatigue that comes from worry, unresolved conflict, and the dread that your life is wasting away without much to show for it. It’s hard to charge into the day’s work when you don’t think you’re accomplishing anything good, when you dread confrontations that you know will be unpleasant, or when you expect another barrage of criticism. Unresolved stress is exhausting!

There was a miserable stretch in King David’s life when he was king in name only. His throne had been usurped by his rebellious son Absalom, and David had to flee Jerusalem for his life. He was so taken by surprise by this treachery that his flight was haphazard and somewhat disorganized. If Absalom’s army had caught up with him at that early stage, the father and all taken with him would have been killed.

But David didn’t panic. He wrote a poem about the experience: “O LORD, how many are my foes! To the LORD I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me” (Psalm 3:1,4,5). When you are carrying a huge load of evening stress, give it to God during your prayers, let it go, and sleep well.

God will work on things for you overnight.