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Busy for God

Several different pocket watches hanging from above and the words from Hebrews 13:8 ESV, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." I reflect on being busy for God and is that being faithful?
by Beeda Speis for Peace in the Stillness

Several months ago, I wondered if busyness was okay if I was busy for God. The answer is “no.” I found this out the hard way.

Maybe I’ve already talked about this–I’m sure I have, but it’s worth repeating. I signed up for several Bible studies and life groups at the same time. My reasoning was that they were “opportunities” to increase my biblical knowledge. Since it was a “good” busyness, it was okay and God would make it all work out. Since these opportunities presented themselves, then God must have wanted me to sign up for all of them. Right? Wrong.

Looking back, I believe God wanted me to ask Him what I should do, and which studies I should have participated in. Of course, I forgot to do that…again. The result of all of those studies? I learned some stuff but didn’t get as much out of them because instead of doing each week’s study, I speed-read through the text only. There wasn’t enough time to look up the Bible verses being discussed. There wasn’t enough time to answer the study questions or reflect on the insights. All I accomplished was to wear myself down.

The other side-effect was it took away from my personal time with God; time spent praying and just reading Scripture to see what God wanted to tell me.

Lastly, I believe it strained my physical, mental, and even spiritual health. Today, I’m beginning anew. After work is our weekly prayer meeting and I want to spend that time having a conversation with God as to where do I go from here. We need to reconnect.

The enemy uses busyness

The enemy uses busyness. He knows our weaknesses. He knows I’m trying to grow spiritually and actually used that to draw me away from God. It doesn’t seem possible. I keep trying. My renewed goal is to take everything to God, all decisions, all troubles, all burdens. I want to delight in Him in every situation and glorify Him in all that I do.

He is faithful. I want to be faithful to Him.

Bible Verse of the Day

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Hebrews 13:8 ESV

Prayer

Father, we praise Your Holy name! You are never-changing; always faithful. Your love is steadfast and true. Thank You, Father. Please help Your children be faithful in our love and service to You and one another. May we embody Your characteristics so that the world will see You and know You. Help us in our faithfulness, Father.
Lord, please continue in Your faithfulness to the people of Ukraine. Let them feel Your love. Encourage them through this difficult time. We pray for an end to the war. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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