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Running on Empty

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January 29, 2023 7:00 pm

Running on Empty

Our Daily Bread Ministries / Various Hosts

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January 29, 2023 7:00 pm

“I just don’t think I can do this anymore,” my friend said through her tears as she discussed the overwhelming sense of hopelessness she faced as a nurse in a global health crisis. “I know that God has called me to nursing, but I’m overwhelmed and emotionally drained,” she confessed. Seeing that a cloud of exhaustion had come over her, I responded, “I know you feel helpless right now, but ask God to give you the direction you’re seeking and the strength to persevere.” At that moment, she decided to intentionally seek God through prayer. Soon after, my friend was invigorated with a new sense of purpose. Not only was she emboldened to continue nursing, but God also gave her the strength to serve even more people by traveling to hospitals around the country. 

As believers in Jesus, we can always look to God for help and encouragement when we feel overburdened because “He will not grow tired or weary” (Isaiah 40:28). The prophet Isaiah states that our Father in heaven “gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (v. 29). Though God’s strength is everlasting, He knows that we’ll inevitably have days when we’re physically and emotionally consumed (v. 30). But when we look to God for our strength instead of trying to sprint through life’s challenges alone, He’ll restore and renew us and give us the resolve to press on in faith.

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Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread. Our reading, titled Running on Empty, was written by Kim Yaloda. When she was 10 years old, Kim Yaloda, a friend of mine, and a friend of mine, she was deeply drained, she confessed. Seeing that a cloud of exhaustion had come over her, I responded, I know you feel helpless right now, but ask God to give you the direction you're seeking and the strength to persevere. At that moment, she decided to intentionally seek God through prayer.

She had a new sense of purpose. Not only was she emboldened to continue nursing, but God also gave her the strength to serve even more people by traveling to hospitals around the country. As believers in Jesus, we can always look to God for help and encouragement when we feel overburdened because He will not grow tired or weary. The prophet Isaiah states that our Father in heaven gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Though God's strength is everlasting, He knows that we'll inevitably have days when we're physically and emotionally consumed. But when we look to God for our strength, instead of trying to sprint through life's challenges alone, He'll restore and renew us and give us the resolve to press on in faith. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading is from Isaiah chapter 40 verses 28 through 31. Do you not know?

Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary and has understanding no one can fathom.

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall. But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary.

They will walk and not be faint. Let's pray. Dear God, thank you for helping us when the challenges of life seem unbearable. Please help us to lean on you for our strength and endurance to get through. Thank you, Lord. It's in Jesus' name we pray. Amen. Thanks for listening today. My name is Toni Collyer and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries.
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