Emotional exhaustion isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t new. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s also not something foreign to the Bible. Just read the book of Lamentations.
When Jeremiah wrote the book, Jerusalem had been captured. The Israelites were in exile. Everything Jeremiah held sacred had been destroyed.
He was emotionally exhausted, and for an entire book of the Bible, Jeremiah releases his frustrations and expresses his emotions to God.
In the midst of these complaints, he refocuses on God. He writes, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Yet I still dare to hope when I remember thisÃ¢â‚¬Â (Lamentations 3:21 NLT).
What brought Jeremiah hope during this very difficult time? He answers immediately:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The LordÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s kindness never fails! If he had not been merciful, we would have been destroyed. The Lord can always be trusted to show mercy each morning. Deep in my heart I say, Ã¢â‚¬ËœThe Lord is all I need; I can depend on him!Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬Â (Lamentations 3:22-24 CEV).
Jeremiah refocuses on five truths about God that helped to refuel him in the midst of his exhaustion.
- GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Steadfast love
- GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Unfailing mercy
- GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Great faithfulness
- God is Always kind
- God is my Real hope
When life overwhelms you, donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t focus on your problems. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t give in to despair.
Focus your attention on God himself.
A lot of people reach for chocolate when theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re emotionally exhausted. But it canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t truly comfort you.
But notice the acronym above. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll help you remember this truth. This is the kind of SUGAR youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll need in order to be refueled. You wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get a sugar high through it. It wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make you gain weight. It wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make you more depressed.
Build your life around those character traits of God, and youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be ready for whatever setback comes your way.