1. Don’t say yes to any new commitments. You may not be able to get out of your current commitments, but don’t accept any new ones until you’ve had time to evaluate how to avoid getting to the place you’re in again!
2. Take time alone to seek the Lord and pray. When Elijah was burnt out he went away alone to the wilderness for a while. Before he talked to other people, he had to have a conversation with the Lord. Be careful what comes out of your mouth to others when you’re feeling burnt out. They may not get what’s happening to you, and it may lead to confusion.
3. Don’t make any big decisions. Don’t quit your job, don’t walk out of a relationship, and don’t go buy a boat. Simply don’t make any decisions when you’re feeling tense and stressed or you will regret it.
4. Eat, sleep, go for a walk. The first thing God did for Elijah in I Kings 19 was to feed him and let him sleep. Look it up. Then do the same.
5. Answer key questions. After Elijah got rested up, God asked him this critical question: “What are you doing here Elijah?”. In other words, how did you get here and what do you think is really going on here, Elijah?Â Elijah was stuck in self pity, self focus, self reliance, and self righteousness. God had to turn his eyes away from self and back onto the Lord!
6. Listen carefully. The only way to hear the Lord is for you to quiet the noise in your soul long enough to hear His whisper. When you do, He may Â ask you the same question again but this time you will be able to answer it without the shadow of self-pity and fatigue looming over you. This time, when you hear the question, you will also hear God’s heart in it. He loves you.
Here’s the great news about Elijah: Despite feeling burnt out, God still used him and provided a helper named Elisha to ease his load.
He will do the same for you!
If you would like to read more about Elijah’s time in the wilderness, here’s a post I wrote a while back called “The Elijah Syndrome”.