daily devotional

Fatigue and Godliness

Read Matthew 6:25–27

Now here’s a rhyme I’ll never understand:

Pussycat, pussycat, where have you been?
I’ve been to London to visit the Queen.
Pussycat, pussycat, what did you there?
I frightened a little mouse under her chair.

What was that cat thinking? That little pussycat had the chance of her lifetime. All of London stretched out before her. Dozens of famous, time-worn scenes to drink in. Westminster Abbey. Trafalgar Square. The unsurpassable British Museum. She could have scurried up an old lamppost and watched the changing of the guards. Or slipped in the side entrance and enjoyed an evening with the London Philharmonic. Or watched a sunset while lingering on the banks of the Thames.

Not this cat! She was such a mouse-aholic that she couldn’t break with monotonous routine even when she was on vacation.

We’ve been programmed to think that fatigue is next to godliness. That the more exhausted we are (and look!), the more spiritual we are and the more we earn God’s smile of approval. We bury all thoughts of enjoying life...for we all know that committed, truly committed, Christians are those who work, work, work. Jesus invites us to a better way:

That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? (Matthew 6:25–27)

Jesus puts His finger precisely on those areas in our lives that cause us the most concern, and He says simply, “I got that.” You can either believe Him and enjoy His faithful provisions, or you can keep up your frenzied pace and start building a bigger place to stack your stuff.

Devotional content taken from Good Morning, Lord...Can We Talk? by Charles R. Swindoll. Copyright © 2018. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, a Division of Tyndale House Ministries. All rights reserved.

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