I can't think of many of God's creatures that were made to go seven days a week and 24 hours a day.
It sure does seem like we humans do that sometimes. People live in a very fast-paced world these days. If one's personal schedule doesn't keep a person busy enough, certainly the pace of families will.
This unsustainable "clip" in life is robbing people of joy. It is robbing them physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and relationaly. People are over-worked, over stressed; they over eat and never get enough sleep. This pace of life certainly isn't Biblical. God intended folks to take a break and get some rest.
"Elijah was afraid and ran for his life," begins 1 Kings 19:3-7. "When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. 'I have had enough, Lord,' he said. 'Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.' Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, 'Get up and eat.' He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, 'Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.'"
Most people have been just like Elijah at one time or another.
They have been to the point of total exhaustion and said, "I have had enough."
In 1 Kings, God understood that Elijah wasn't going to be an effective servant if he didn't eat and get some rest, so rather than God giving him a pep talk and asking him to get back in the game, God provided a season for Elijah to withdraw from the battles of life and rest. The kingdom of God does not need a "Burned Out Us," it needs a replenished, rested, passionate people. Life moves to a better place when everyone moves at a more manageable pace.
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