One Thing is Essential

Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength [Isa 30:15]

Our heavenly Father has made incredible promises to us, his children, but he does not force them on us. He’s promised his nearness, his affections and an eternal life spent with him. But God’s word won’t have power in our lives if we don’t read it. We won’t hear God effectively if we’re not listening. And we can’t experience his nearness if we constantly fill our lives with other things.

Our world equates busyness with success, but as a result of society’s epidemic of busyness, our spiritual lives tend to be neglected. In the well-known account of Jesus’ visit to Mary and Martha’s home [Luke 10:38-42], Jesus gently calls busy Martha to follow her sister’s example and focus on the one thing that’s essential in God’s eyes. We tend to value time filled with service and action. But that’s not what Jesus valued – he valued Mary’s willingness to make time to be with him.

God wants us to make room in our lives to encounter him. Busyness and monetary gain aren’t the definition of success in God’s eyes. We must be willing to rest and make time to experience God’s presence and his promises. Will you choose to rest in God’s presence when the world is putting pressure on you to get busy? If you are too busy to make time for God you are too busy! Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what needs to change in your life. What do you need to get rid of or say “No” to? Make time to wait on God today.

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