All of us experience exhaustion at some point in our lives. Days when we’ve given our very best, yet all we have to show for it is mental, physical, and spiritual exhaustion. I’m in trouble when I am living in a state of exhaustion instead of experiencing refreshment for my soul. Even when I am unaware, my soul is continually searching for refreshment. I’m desperate for a refreshment that is of substance, not just something that tickles my ears or fills my belly with air. God has created each of us with a need for refreshment that can only come from Him.
Refreshment For Our Soul
Friends, we are often caught up in the world’s concept of refreshment for our souls, but I rejoice that my soul finds refreshment in Christ, our sound wisdom, not in the matters or people of this world! Think how disappointing mirages are to the weary traveler; seeing in a distance a lake spanning before them, pressing forward yet never arriving at the promise of the refreshment. This World is a mirage in the matter of wisdom; it cannot offer us the refreshment our soul’s desire. My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.
Proverbs 3:21-22 My son, do not lose sight of these— keep sound wisdom and discretion, and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Pr 3:21–22). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
Common sense and discernment will refresh our soul if we keep our eyes upon the Word of God. When we seek His wisdom we will have the sound wisdom and discretion we need to endure, prevail and succeed in this life. The work of our hands will be done unto the LORD, and we will not be found thirsty or without those things we need to bring God Glory! God’s Word will be life to our soul; it will see us through the work He has given us, it will revive us when we are in trouble, it will be spiritual life pointing us to eternity. The LORD will be our confidence!
Proverbs 3:23-26 Then you will walk on your way securely, and your foot will not stumble. If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Pr 3:23–26). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
When we are refreshed by this wisdom, we are strengthened and satisfied. Our work will be that of peace and living in righteousness will bring us eternal assurance. God’s Word brings us into a right relationship with Him because we are abiding with Him. Wisdom does not allow us to stray from His side; it ever guards our hearts and draws us closer still…truly our souls will find fulfillment, satisfaction, and refreshment. John 7:37-39
Isaiah 32:17-18 And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Is 32:17–18). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
John 7:37-39 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Jn 7:37–39). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
God protects those who live according to His Word. That protection is His grace which keeps us from running headlong into sin and its destruction. Wisdom, found in God’s Word, directs us, keeps us and saves us. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., 2 Ti 3:16–17). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
- Does your soul need refreshing?
- When was the last time you sought His word for renewal of your spirit?
Prayer: To God be the Glory for the work done in our lives when we abide in you. Thank you, LORD, for your refreshment of our soul. Jesus is our living water, and it flows from us when we receive Him as Savior. LORD, refresh our souls and lead us to wisdom. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Additional Reading for Today:
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ps 23:1–6). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.