Whenever there is a lot of disorganization in life, there is a tendency to want to jump in -right away- to put things back into order. I have this compulsion for sure. But, I am learning in this topsy-turvy season, if I don’t have my time with God first– before anything else– no amount of work with my hands will be able to fix the disconnect from God in my heart.
The enemy is hungry for us. John 10:10 says that “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;”. In 1 Peter 5:8 it says, “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” If this is how the enemy of God feels about us, what are we to do?
Scripture is clear, we are to “seek first, the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).
The first words in 1 Peter 5:8 tell us, “Be self-controlled and alert.” If we are “too busy” to get our focus on God, then we do not have steady footing for our day. Ephesians 6 talks all about our need to prepare for battle. In the ancient world, the key to any soldier’s success was to still be standing at the end of the battle. One pastor said it like this, “To stand is to live.”
If we are not taking ten minutes, fifteen minutes, however long we have in our schedule, to stop, sit still, pray, and listen for leading from God, then we are losing our footing and may lose the battle. Don’t allow the days worries and woes sweep you out and away from the one thing you need most (see Matthew 6:25-34). Jesus.
**for help in the area of busyness and prayer check out the book Too Busy Not to Pray by Bill Hybels.