Busyness has become a sort of badge of honor for us these days. If, for some reason, you actually take the time to rest and relax, you get several underhanded “compliments” about how great it must be to not be busy. We fill our time with a bunch of “good things”, but often separates us from the best thing – spending time with God. Take a little inspiration today from Mary and Martha’s story in Luke.
- 5-11 – Moses commands the Israelites to give of their first fruits and acknowledge God’s faithfulness when they have success.
- 18-19 – All nations were not required to give back to God and acknowledge him. Only Israel, his chosen people, were, but that also meant that they received greater blessings.
- 16-26 – The word, “amen’s” meaning is significant as the Israelites’ response because it means “so be it”. In other words, they are accepting the consequences of being cursed if they fail in these areas.
- 38-42 – This is a crucial lesson for those of us who allow busyness to become an excuse for why we don’t spend time with God. We can choose to be consumed with a lot of good things or we can choose what’s best.
- 2-4 – The Lord’s Prayer. Can be used as a guide for our prayers.
- 5-13 – Jesus encourages his disciples to be persistent in prayer, seek what God wants, and expect great things from God.
- 15 – Though advice from others should never trump what God calls us to do, we are to seek wise counsel from those around us who can be trusted.
- 16 – This is a helpful thought for those of us who are easily angered.