Busyness is Counterproductive
February 17, 2021

Today’s 333 Devotional: “Busyness is Counterproductive”

Busyness is one of the big stressors of our day. What’s sad, however, it that it’s considered one of our society’s biggest virtues. We talk with pride about our ability to multitask, work long hours, or about having a career that takes us away from our homes and families.

Unfortunately, such boasting about how busy we are is counterproductive because of all the stress it produces.

Busyness, however, is not what God wants, nor is it how He created us, and it isn’t the type of life He desires for us.

“It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.” (Psalm 127:2)

If we’re burning the candle at both ends, then we’re not as bright as we think. Sometimes the most spiritual thing we can do is to go home and go to bed. That’s why when I take a nap, I’m being as spiritual as I can get.

King David in His Shepherd’s Psalm reveals God’s plan.

“He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.” (Psalm 23:2)

When we give our lives over to the Lord, He gives us both rest and refreshment. God wants us to live balanced lives; therefore, He doesn’t want us working all the time. Instead of adding more to our plate, the Lord is more likely than not to take some things off so we can slow down.

I like what King David says in how God “makes” us lie down. If we don’t stop to smell the roses now, God might make us lie down and smell them from our hospital bed.

Like a pacemaker a doctor places inside of us to regulate our heart, we need the Lord to be our pacemaker. He’s the one who formed us and therefore He’s the one who knows what pace we should be living our lives.

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