Not many gray hairs graced the Acts 29 Network conference I attended this week in Orlando.
The brothers above (left), however, Ray Ortlund Jr. and Sam Storms, were among the exceptions. Scott Thomas (right), president of the movement, engaged them in Q & A at the close of the conference.
Among the questions submitted by conferees came a request for ways to avoid ministerial burnout. Since burnout, fatigue, and discouragement afflict lots of folks along with pastors, I thought I would pass on Dr. Ortlund’s excellent prescription.
Choose a promise of God for the particular season of struggle in your life and wave it daily as a banner over your life.
For example, if you find yourself facing financial hardship you might choose Phil. 4:19.
Caught in the clutches of anxiety? Commit Phil. 4:6-7 to memory.
Feeling abandoned or lonely? Claim Heb. 13:5b.
Suffering persecution? First Peter 5:10 fits the bill.
Fighting disease or illness? Second Corinthians 12:9 carried me through cancer.
Growing weary in waiting? Isaiah 40:31 will lift you on eagle wings.
You get the idea.
There is a reason that 2 Peter 1:4 refers to the gift of God’s promises as precious and very great. Among others it is because they will sustain us over the long haul and help keep us in the race, if we raid the armory of Scripture, load them in our hearts, and wield them like spiritual weapons in our everyday warfare.
Why not go to the Word and ask God to give you a promise right now for your circumstances whatever they may be?