In this world where we’re constantly entertained by Social Media, Netflix, Hulu and so much more. We're in a hustle culture that’s constantly moving! But in this fast moving culture are we allowing stillness in our lives to feed our souls so we don't grow weary?
I don’t know about you but sometimes all of my daily "to-do's" or the expectations placed on me by the world, and really...myself, can get overwhelming and draining. We may recognize how blessed we are by our Father, but still be feeling the weight of the running, working, doing, watching...maybe even wanting. Not to mention the pressure, disappointment, and anxiety that comes with it all!
Today, let's be reminded that God wants us to experience "shalom" or perfect peace and wholeness. But in a world where we’re constantly moving and circumstances can rob our peace, how do we take care of our souls?
First, remember that only God can satisfy our soul. The world will offer us plenty of counterfeit solutions and remedies that promise peace; from temporary distractions to numbing agents such as alcohol, food or endless tv watching but all of these will fall short and leave us in more turmoil. These things keep us from our Heavenly Father where our true rest, peace and satisfaction for our soul is found.
Ways to satisfy your weary soul...
1. Fix your gaze on Him when there’s too much going on
Whenever you feel overwhelmed and you have too much on your plate, remember that He is enough for you. Slow down, do one thing at a time and remember that He is in control, not you.
Even though Jesus was busy in His earthly ministry healing, preaching and encountering new people, Jesus never neglected His solitude and time with the Father.
“Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Luke 5:15-16
2. Rest in His sovereignty
Our soul gets weary when we feel like we need to be in control of everything. We sometimes “surrender” but then continue worrying like it's our job to put everything and everyone in their proper place. But the truth is, we need to rest in His sovereignty. It’s okay to care for the things that matter to us, but also to learn that we can let go of control and let God do what He wills and pleases.
Our soul needs the kind of rest that comes from trusting God. Knowing that whatever trials or unfortunate things we have to face, we know that He is good and His ways are perfect.
3. Practice gratitude, always.
Gratitude satisfies our souls because it focuses on what God has given us instead of what we don’t have. It helps us to see God’s goodness in every thing that He has given us, big or small.
“Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father” James 1:17
Whenever we start to feel like complaining or comparing ourselves with other people, let’s acknowledge what God has placed us this season of our lives and appreciate that.
I pray that when your soul gets weary, you will remember His promise: “For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.” (Jeremiah 31:25) Come to the Lord and be refreshed!