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Are You too Busy for God?

BusyAre you too busy for God? I am often frustrated with myself when I realize I have not spent time in prayer or reading God’s Word. When this happens (Too often!), I generally recognize that I have been too preoccupied with worldly matters and trying to make the world run on my schedule (Habits of a lifetime!) I really love how all our new technology helps us to get things organized better, but have you ever wondered if Jesus would have carried an IPad? Would He have refused to see people because of His busy calendar? Do you ever wonder what He thinks about our addiction to the clock and schedules?

Our cell phones keep us on a tight leash. Would God have to text you to get your attention? Is it the fault of our electronic toys when we spend less time alone with God?

One interesting proverb in the Bible says this about work, “Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist.” (Proverbs 23:4 ESV) Do you know when enough is enough? Jesus never seemed to be in a hurry. Time was not His master. Our own inability to restrain our desires makes time a burden and life more complex. If we eliminate needless desires, we can reduce life’s complexity.

Pray for wisdom to determine what is really important in your life. Never forget, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” (Hebrews 13:5 ESV)

Satan is a clever fellow; he will use your desire to acquire more to separate you from God and your family. Consider these words from Proverbs, “The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.” (Proverbs 10:22 ESV) The “blessing of the Lord” is not available to those who have no time for God. Has your success been accompanied by sorrow?

Take a moment to evaluate your lifestyle. Is God’s absence more conspicuous than His blessings in your life? Maybe you have become too busy for God to speak to you. “Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.” (Proverbs 19:2 ESV) Let godly knowledge control your desires. Slow down enough to spend time in the presence of God. This will calm your spirit; help you to enjoy life more; and enable you to make better decisions.

Samuel at Gilgal

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