July/August Devotion

Busy, Busy, Busy

It is said, “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” That passage is found in 2 Opinions. In other words, it is not in the Bible. Laziness is clearly addressed in multiple passages; however, the need for rest is also presented. God does not want His people running on empty.

Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to you. (Psalm 116:7)

Television may seem like a great distraction; however, it is far from relaxing. In my opinion, most shows cause an adrenaline rush which is the situation we are trying to avoid. It is better to find a less stressful activity. Still, searching for an undisturbed moment or two can be difficult for many.

God’s enemy likes to keep us busy. He knows we will eventually burnout without the proper care. Junk food, sleeplessness, and too much adrenaline all feed into the downward spiral. Eventually, the crash occurs.

In the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and make it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. (Genesis 2:2-3)

We can follow God’s example with a time of rest. We can unplug from the internet, turn off the cell phone, and find some quiet time with our Lord. In the New testament, we are given freedom to choose our moments. In my case, I like to keep my pastoral activities on Fridays to a minimum.

One man considers one day more sacred than another, another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. (Romans 14:5-6)