“Know then, that all failure has its beginning in private, in neglecting to wait on God until filled with wisdom, clothed with power, and all on fire with love.” Samuel Login Brengle.
From my young adulthood onward, I have been a person who has actively cultivated the skills needed in the stressful art of….. rushing. My mind has had a rolling “to do list” that would grow and expand at a rate in which I would rarely reach the last item before ten more were added in their place. As an adult, the problem expanded and life began to look like a long list of chores, rather than a testing and proving ground for faith and love.
We are not on this Earth for the purpose of seeing how many items we can check off a list.
I am seeing more clearly that in all of this rushing- the eternal things are sacrificed on the alter of busy-ness. I once heard someone say, “the devil never much minds a busy Christian…” Truth is if we are busy with many things (of life) we will miss the God -sized things….Waiting on God is imperative. The time spent in the quiet, waiting on God are fuel for our spirit…… This fuel keeps us going when the demands of everyday life endeavor to eclipse the plans and purposes God wills for us throughout our day.
When I think of a great example of this, I think of Luke 10:38-42….
I picture Martha rushing around trying to show Pinteresty-style hospitality to Jesus… while Mary saw a beautiful opportunity to quietly wait on the Lord and listen to His words. Could you imagine if Martha would have placed dinner on hold for a few minutes to drink of Jesus in that moment? I don’t think she would have been scorned. In fact, I believe she would have had all of the energy and strength to serve her guests with enthusiastic joy!
“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” Isaiah 40:31
I’m sure Martha thought, “I am serving the Lord here!” No doubt she was looking down on Mary thinking Mary had dropped the ball while there was work to be done. Yet in her failure to wait on Jesus, Martha was the one to be corrected, while Mary was commended.
In order to do our work well, we have to be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God. We are filled by this power as we “experience the love of Christ.” (Ephesians 3:19) We must get into His presence and experience His love in order to be filled with this fullness.
“Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically.” Romans 12:11
Jesus wasn’t giving us permission to be lazy, He was showing her a better way. Jesus (Himself) is the only way. Seeking Him first is key, and committing the tasks of the day to Him is imperative. Jesus revealed that which had lasting value and greater eternal significance and purpose. Mary seized the opportunity and she received the blessing of being refreshed in Jesus’ presence. Oh how I have had too many Martha moments and have needed to take a cue from Mary!
What if we slowed down, waited on God more, and stopped being so busy for the sake of busyness?
What if we took an inventory, not of all the things we haven’t gotten done, but of how we have neglected the Lord and what we can do from this point onward to cultivate a stronger relationship with Him?
Since we can do nothing apart from Him, we must abide in Him, allowing Him to strengthen us and to help us to see our lives from an eternal perspective. Our lives are not our own. We belong to Him.
So if I say no to a few more things, and tuck the list aside for now, friends…It is because there is access to Him and since there is access why wait……enter the throne room and wait there.
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16