2 Chronicles 32:24-26
24 In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death, and he prayed to the Lord; and He spoke to him and gave him a sign. 25 But Hezekiah did not repay according to the favor shown him, for his heart was lifted up; therefore wrath was looming over him and over Judah and Jerusalem. 26 Then Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the Lord did not come upon them in the days of Hezekiah.
No, I did not start today’s entry the way I usually do just because today’s Scripture was just so powerful to me. You know, when we get sick or have an illness, we get mad at God. We wonder why He is letting this happen to us. I can personally speak of this because I don’t get hit by gradual illness, I get hit by “on this day you’re fine, oh and tomorrow, I’m not.” It’s extremely disheartening, but it’s also humbling.
You see whenever we are in good health and have things going well, we can get prideful. Sometimes, like me, that involves me going at full tilt, full speed all the time and not slowing down and resting when the Lord is telling me to. A lot of this week’s entries, if you haven’t noticed, have dealt with God attempting to get our attention and if you don’t listen to Him one way, He will put you in a position where you have to do what He tells you to.
It shouldn’t get that far. While we should be active in doing the tasks the Lord has put before us, we should not wait until He knocks us down to rest. A proper amount of rest can assure we are going to be continually fit to serve Him as He wants us to serve Him. Going full tilt and full speed all the time will lead to burn out, just like in a car engine and it can do more damage than would have happened had we just listened in the first place.
If the Lord is telling you to rest, then you need to heed His prompting and take the time to rest. That resting time is not only a humbling experience, but it is time the Lord is giving you to work on things perhaps you never noticed were faltering, such as your relationship with Him. The bottom line is, don’t get knocked down, humble yourself, sit down and rest.