“If the devil can’t make us bad, he will make us busy.”
Corrie ten Boom said this quote that I think that many of us can identify with. It’s difficult to set time aside for God. Its sad to say but sometimes we find ourselves occupied in this busy world. SnapChat, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook, they constantly ask for the time that we don’t have. Also, the lust of technology, fashion and of material items are the very things that lead us away. Truthfully, it’s not the world but the devil, a beautiful fallen angel, working behind them.
The bible warns us of the lusts of the world and straightly tells us that it is not from Him. “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” (I John 2:15-20)
Christ tells us in the Gospel of Luke that God knows all our needs and even “dresses” the grass of the field. “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.” (Luke 12:27) We just need to seek His kingdom and His righteousness. That will mean to resist the devils’ soft whispers and get up earlier or to set a time aside to read the word.
Now, I am not pointing my finger at you saying, “You need to do better.” I need to work on this too! I have to read at night or listen to the Word in order to get my daily dose. It is hard! I am not saying its going to be easy, neither did Christ. Matthew 24:9, “Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations on account of My name.” LIFE IS NOT A PICNIC! You will be made fun of, laughed at, debated with and maybe even cursed at. But, “Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4) Consider it JOY, it doesn’t say ‘bummer’ or consider this as a tragedy… consider this as a JOY. For it will have its “perfect result”. Perfect means ideal, accurate, exactly or ‘entirely without flaws. (Thanks to dictionary reference)
“If the devil cannot make us bad, he will make us busy.” Some of us know that we are good people and that we come from good families. But, are you wasting the time God has given you to check Twitter? Are you constantly looking on your phone for your crush to reply? Are you exhasted from a world of entertainment?
Analyze these questions, come to a conclusion, and do something about it.