God’s Word for Today: Busy
Haggai 1:9 “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin while each of you is busy with your own house.”
Yesterday was a busy day. I will not bore you with the details, because they were my busy. Nothing seemed like too much of a battle, but the events of the day just kept coming and coming and coming. I imagine you can relate to having a busy day.
Busy days aren’t so bad if you see them coming. I prefer organization and planning. If I need to get to point Z, and am leaving at point A, God has blessed me with the talent to envision B through Y and how everything needs to come in a certain order to make it most efficient and cost effective. That was not the case yesterday. I found myself lost somewhere around Q,R,S.
In all my busy, I forgot one very important thing. Every Wednesday night, at 7:00 give or take 30 minutes, a very diligent and blessed couple comes to our house for Bible Study. This has been going on for a few months now, so habit should have taken affect. But last night as they stood clapping at the gate, I was already in another world of relaxing for the day.
Typically, I already have all the literature laid out on the table. Glasses and a pitcher of cold water at the ready. Maybe even a snack made for after the study. Shower taken and decent clothes put on. Preparedness and planning at the optimum. Even up to the point of being ready 30 minutes in advance or more. Time management under control.
Not last night. I plum forgot. Not prepared, nada, nothing. All of a sudden, I was doing what typically drives me nuts watching other people do. I was scrambling to get prepared and everything in order. I was very embarrassed. I apologized profusely. How do you even begin to tell someone that even though they are an important part of your life, you were just too busy to remember them?
Our walk with God can easily get the same way. As a matter of fact, today’s Scripture addresses this exact busyness. We have a tendency to be so busy with our daily lives, we put God to the side. This scripture addresses the honesty of being so busy with our own house, we tend to forget God’s house. Not to mention we have left God’s house in ruin.
I am no better. If one of my Daily Devotions is rather lengthy, I have a tendency to skim through it. In my busy of trying to get everything done so God’s Word for Today gets posted, I tend to not take the necessary time for the good stuff. Maybe God has something very important to tell me on that day. What do I do? I fly right by His words so I can put my own words in front of other people’s faces. I believe I am missing a very important part here. Do you understand?
Today, do a reality check on being busy. Yes, there are daily tasks and people that demand your attention. But what good is all of that if it does not allow you time with your Creator. How is God going to work for you and through you if He is left behind while you are busy? Try taking God along. Try making Him the priority. Don’t leave the Good Lord standing out on the road clapping at the gate of your life………….
Prayer: Dear Lord, Master of my Life. I thank you for all the blessings that fill my day. Forgive me for the times I am so busy that I forget about You. Help me to make you my priority first thing in the morning, throughout the day, and last thing at night. I need to get busy loving you God. In Jesus’, who was never too busy not to give His life for you and me, name I pray. Amen and amen.