We often think of tiredness as a curse rather than a blessing, but even in the midst of great tiredness, God is working for our good.
The Bible says that the Glory of young men is their strength (Proverbs 20:29). Sometimes in the glory, strength, and excitement of our youth, we forget to count on God for his leading. This is why the Bible warns us in Ecclesiastes 12, not to forget God in the prime of our life.
Strength & Enthusiasm are great gifts from our heavenly father (James 1:17), but they can become dangerous if they are not being directed and guided by God. God can use our lack of energy and strength, for our blessing in 4 ways:
Blessing #1: Slowing Down
The Bible says that Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good, haste makes mistakes (Proverbs 19:2-3). And how incredibly costly some of those mistakes can be. These mistakes can burn us out, put us in dangerous situations, rob us of financial resources, hurt others, and cause us shame. In Gods wisdom, he set has set limitations on our strength for our blessing. One of these blessings is a protection that keeps us from going astray in the excitement of our youth.
Blessing #2: Efficiency
Since energy is a gift from God(James 1:17), we are free to do whatever we like with it, but not all benefits (1corinthians 1:23). You see, when we view energy as ours, we tend to waste a lot of it, in unfruitful work. God can use a lack of energy to prune our unfruitful works away from our life. Just like dead branches steal away energy from fruitful branches, unfruitful works steal away energy and focus, from fruitful works. Unfruitful branches in our life can come in the form of people, good works, or any other thing that distract us from our God-given priorities and call.
Blessing#3: Numbering our Days
Another blessing we gain insight to, through being tired, is the reminder to number our days (Psalm 90:12). When we are zapped of energy, God gives us a glimpse of our future. A future poetically described in Ecclesiastes 12:1-7, take a look;
“Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, “Life is not pleasant anymore.” Remember him before the light of the sun, moon, and stars is dim to your old eyes, and rain clouds continually darken your sky. Remember him before your legs—the guards of your house—start to tremble; and before your shoulders—the strong men—stoop. Remember him before your teeth—your few remaining servants—stop grinding; and before your eyes—the women looking through the windows—see dimly. Remember him before the door to life’s opportunities is closed and the sound of work fades. Now you rise at the first chirping of the birds, but then all their sounds will grow faint. Remember him before you become fearful of falling and worry about danger in the streets; before your hair turns white like an almond tree in bloom, and you drag along without energy like a dying grasshopper, and the caperberry no longer inspires sexual desire. Remember him before you near the grave, your everlasting home, when the mourners will weep at your funeral. Yes, remember your Creator now while you are young, before the silver cord of life snaps and the golden bowl is broken. Don’t wait until the water jar is smashed at the spring and the pulley is broken at the well. For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.”
Ecclesiastes 12:1-7 NLT
The above scripture is a reminder to serve the Lord while we still have the strength to do so. When we are tired, particularly when we welcome a newborn into our life or become sick, we are reminded that our energy can be zapped at any moment. We are also reminded that we are indeed like the flowers of a field, here today and gone tomorrow (1peter1:24 & Psalm 103:15). Tiredness and weakness are mortal reminders of our humanity. They teach us the importance of valuing time. They humble us and help us to abstain from procrastination. They are our gentle reminders to pour out our life as a drink offering to God, who has already prepared good works for us to walk into.(Philippians2:17 & Ephesians 2:10).
Blessing #4: Humility and Refinement
As we grow with Christ, He promises us, that we will be pruned (John15). God uses all sorts of life circumstances to do this work in us. We are told that this pruning work, is for our good, and for his glory (Deuteronomy 6 & 1Peter 1:7). Being tired is one of those tools that God uses to humble us and show us how weak our frame is. When we face our mortal limitations, we are moved by Gods spirit to ask Him for strength. We need His strength to overcome our earthly responsibilities with a good heart attitude in the midst of tiredness. It is when you add the "good heart attitude" part that we have to cry out to our God for his strength and manifestation in our lives. The Bible says that the more we grow like Christ, the more of a usable tool we will become for his glory(2Peter 5:8). It is this truth that encourages me greatly to push through those tired days with a heart attitude of obedience where I can say to God; "Amen Lord, here I am, I have come to do your will oh God, In my weakness, you will be strong. Help me to represent you well today (Hebrews 10:9, 2Corinthians 12:9-11). We can rejoice in our weakness when we are tired because we WILL see the POWERFUL hand of God working through us IF we are willing.
Steer Away from Burn Out
The blessings of being tired that I speak of are those ordained by God through our life circumstances. For example: parents of a newborn. But there is tiredness that is not a blessing. The tiredness ordained by the works of our flesh. The works of our flesh come in different forms: refer to blessing #2 when I talk about the branches in our life that steal energy.
Our God is a God of rest. He uses our weariness to prune us, but he is a God of rest even in the midst of this weariness. His rest/peace surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:6-7). Where God calls He supplies, but if he doesn't call he usually does not supply. And if you are working in your flesh you will have to use your own resources (Ecclesiastes10:10). God's work is designed to be done in His strength, and if you do it in your strength, you WILL burn out. I don't believe burn out comes from the Lord. So be watchful when you're feeling burned out and ask God where you're overdoing it.
Important Note: Although God can use tiredness for our good, being tired is not fun. If you're experiencing unusual & excessive exhaustion go to a doctor and check your health. If there is nothing wrong with your health, ask God where you can cut back on daily stresses or activities. He will be faithful to show you.