Busy, busy, busy

It seems I am always pressed for time, always feeling pressure to balance the details of my day.  Sound familiar?

This said, I started looking for bible verses to help justify my busy days.  However, all I can find is bible verses suggesting my days should be opposite of busy.  All the bible verses i found speak to, not being anxious, keeping focused on God, not on myself, etc.

This said – seems pretty clear a busy, busy, busy life isn’t focused first on God.

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:6 (NIV)

6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.

Colossians 2:8 (NIV)

8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces[a] of this world rather than on Christ.

Jeremiah 10:23 (NIV)

Jeremiah’s Prayer

23 Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own;
it is not for them to direct their steps.

My pray today is that I am not busy with live but living by the Spirit of God.

PS: Seems “busy” is only 6 times in the bible.  I need to consider these verses more but first read suggest one wouldn’t want to be the person being mentioned…especially busybody!  Some devotionals below, too – will check them out later – look for another post soon. 🙂

  1. 1 Kings 18:27
    At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.”

    1 Kings 18:26-28 (in Context) 1 Kings 18 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  2. 1 Kings 20:40
    While your servant was busy here and there, the man disappeared.” “That is your sentence,” the king of Israel said. “You have pronounced it yourself.”

    1 Kings 20:39-41 (in Context) 1 Kings 20 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  3. Haggai 1:9
    “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house.

    Haggai 1:8-10 (in Context) Haggai 1 (Whole Chapter)Other Translations

  4. 2 Thessalonians 3:11
    We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.

    2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 (in Context) 2 Thessalonians 3(Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  5. 1 Timothy 5:13
    Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also busybodies who talk nonsense, saying things they ought not to.

    1 Timothy 5:12-14 (in Context) 1 Timothy 5 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  6. Titus 2:5
    to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

    Titus 2:4-6 (in Context) Titus 2 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

About GettingCloserToOurGod

This blog is written by Todd Christenson. He was raised in Nebraska and currently lives on Long Island in New York. Though out my childhood, my family attended church. We prayed together at meals. I thought I was prepared for life. After college, I moved to New York City. Shy, unsure of myself, building an identity in worldly things, increasingly prideful, self-righteousness, a controlling nature. In 2013, God spoke through someone, suggesting I confess my sins. I did. I realized that every day, I’d been glorifying myself, not God. Today, God’s teaching me to have my identity in Him, only, my dependency in Him, not myself, being who He wants me to be, not the world, loving Him first, loving others as myself.
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