Down Time

Believe it or not, it is okay to have some down time.

I just read a blog post that basically (though not directly) stated that being down is not okay. That if one is down, they are not in God.

That is complete and utter nonsense! The Bible is replete with followers of God experiencing down time.

What do I mean by down time? Any time you are not strong in your faith. Any time you feel exhausted, tired, weak, lonely, fearful, frustrated, confused, not sure what to do and simply need to take a break.

If you are at all familiar with the Bible, then you are well aware of those whom we consider great men and women of God who had their moments of doubt and pain, even though they knew God. In fact, I think we would be hard-pressed to name any of God’s chosen who did not experience some down time. Even Jesus experienced down time. It is part and parcel of living this life – even knowing what we know about the goodness of our Creator and all that he has done for us and continues to do for us. Down time is inescapable. If it wasn’t for down time, we would forget what our greatest need is!

It is okay to take some time to become refreshed and renewed. Look at Sampson, Elijah, David, and the remnant of Israel. All of them experienced down time. Elijah even wanted to throw in the towel. He told God he was done.

Look at the lives of Jeremiah, Hosea, and the other prophets. None of them were strong in the Lord all the time, but they became stronger as a result of their down time.

Please, do not let anyone tell you you should not feel the way you do. Feel your feelings. Then give them over to God and let him renew a right spirit within you. God understands. He knows what you are going through. We don’t know but what God might have wanted us to experience certain down times. His ways are above our ways. They make absolutely no sense at all sometimes. Even so, when all seems lost and we have cashed in our last ounce of hope, God will renew and restore us because He knows and understands us better than we do. After all, we are made in His image.

So take some time. Rest and sort through your feelings. And while you are doing so, keep your heart open to God. Ask him your questions and then await His reply. It will come. And with it will come renewed hope and strength.

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