Several years ago I had to take my car to a mechanic friend because it refused to start. I was relieved when I was notified that the problem was not anything major and would not cost me very much. I was also shocked and a little embarrassed to discover the source of the problem. My car was out of gas! To this day I still blame a faulty fuel gauge!
In Psalm 73, the author Asaph speaks of his own body and soul experiencing a similar problem. He writes of how his flesh and his heart fail him. Although the ESV translates the words “may fail” the idea is that his body and spirit will fail. It is not a matter of if but when. To fail means to run out of gas or resources. There will come a time when Asaph’s personal resources are spent. He is out of gas.
We have all been there. We have felt the pain of exhaustion from a stressful day, week, month or year. The pressures and anxieties of life wear us down and deplete our souls so that the fuel gauge reads empty.
So what are we to do? Asaph reminds us of the answer. We need to refuel. The author goes on to write that God is the strength of his heart and his portion forever. Asaph found the resources he needed not in his own ability and power but in the power that God supplies. Paul would echo this as well in 1 Corinthians 15:10 and Peter notes this in 1 Peter 4:11.
So, how do we tap into these resources? Through the Word of God. We continually immerse ourselves in the rich resources of Scripture that fill up our souls and replenish our empty hearts. We come to God through prayer asking Him to empower us and fill us with His Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) enabling us to obediently live a life worthy of our calling. And we embrace the encouragement and support of our local community of faith, the church, which God uses to provide additional strength and encouragement.
Are you running on empty? Take some time to refuel. Because it is much easier to drive a car that has a full take than to push one that is out of gas. Trust me, I know from experience.