Are you already hustling and bustling? You know, running to this activity and then back to another across town, especially if you have kids. It’s enough to make me scream, “Time out!”
When my schedule is filled and I become overwhelmed, my spiritual health goes down hill. Satan knows that “busy-itis” is the fastest and best way to pull me away from God. But this is the very time I should draw near.
Let me share some peace passages with you that encourage me.
Psalm 4:8 “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
This one hits home with me. When I’m in the throes of busy-itis, I toss and turn and fret and fear. But God is our Protector. He is guarding all night so that I might rest in peace. He is the only one who can bring this kind of peace.
Psalm 29:11 “The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.”
Boy, how often I have clung to this promise that God gives me strength. Many mornings I rise early to head off to work and have no steam to start the day. I immediately pray for God to infuse me with his strength to make it through. And what a thought that the Lord blesses us with peace. Think about it. I definitely count peace as a blessing.
Psalm 199:165 “Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.”
The enemy knows if I’m too busy to stay connected to the Lord through His Word and prayer, I will have no peace and will surely stumble. Thus, I must keep myself daily in the Bible and praying with Him.
Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
I just might love this verse most of all. Peace from God is beyond what my mind can comprehend. But this verse speaks of that kind of peace guarding our hearts and our minds through Jesus. I have experienced this. When I let that old sickness of busy-itis catch up to me, my heart and mind tend to focus upon the wrong things. I dwell on the tasks that need to be done. I become overwhelmed and not productive.
A very interesting couple of verses follows the verse from Philippians.
Philippians 4:8-9 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
God inspired Paul to write a prescription for helping with my busy-itis. I shouldn’t focus on all of the tasks. I should focus on Him and those things He has stated are best to focus upon, ignoring the enemy’s pull. Satan knows I will not be productive for God if he encourages my busy-itis and steals my peace.
Time to stop, focus on Him, and get a little peace over here.