This week we are going to hear a message entitled "Somewhere to be". The ditty I received is that Eugene Cho will be talking about the hurry in our lives trying to keep our schedules on track. Herding our tribes and our lives from one commitment to the next. How is that going in your life?
You may have heard the saying, "Idle hands are the devil's playground ".
This has some background in scripture. Paul and Timothy say that idleness leads to laziness and causing people to become busybodies and gossips. Idleness left unchecked can cause our minds to wander and go back to thoughts and attitudes that were unbecoming of us before we started to follow Jesus. I believe these things are used by the evil one and his henchman to cause division in the world, in the church, and in our lives.
But what about busyness? Can busy hands become the devils playground? What if our busyness is wrapped up doing good? Shouldn't this be the result of not having idle hands? "I'm so busy doing things for God that I have no time to engage in doing things that would make me a tool of the devil, besides I'm too tired to get into mischief anyway" (or so we tell ourselves). Summer busyness is worse for those of us who hibernate during cold winter months. Spring comes and we start to wind-up our craziness! Rides, vacation, picnics, yard work and the lists go on and on.
What usually gets left out in extremes at both ends of idleness and busyness?
Our reason for being, having a relationship with our Father in heaven.
In Psalm 73 the guy who writes the song talks about a time he apparently had nothing to do so he used that idleness to look at how the wicked around him prospered. He says his "feet came close to stumbling" because he was "envious of the arrogant". That is until he stopped to think about God and realized how life ended for them. He pens these words,
Whom have I in heaven but You?
And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
In Psalm 46 the guy who writes the song is either living in the chaos of war or the chaos of recovering from war. In the mist of this turmoil he hears God say to him,"cease striving and know that I am God" other translations say Let go, relax, or be still.
Please take time to read these two Psalms. Whether you're so bored that you have time to let your mind wander into dark places or so you're busy that you don't have time to go to the bathroom, we must stop to spend time with the One who created us. He created us so that we can spend time with Him. If we choose to not to, we will miss experiencing the peace that passes all understanding and continue to be anxious with our thoughts or exhausted from running in circles.