Sunday, November 28, 2010

MM Meditation - The Barrenness of Busyness

I greatly appreciate the writings of A.W. Tozer
and most thoughts I share are from a daily devotional I receive. 
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The following is an exerpt from his book, "We Travel an Appointed Way."


And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."
 --Luke 10:41-42

Failing in his frontal attacks upon the child of God, Satan often turns to more subtle means of achieving his evil purpose. He resorts to devious methods in his attempt to divert the Christian from carrying out the task God has committed to him. He often succeeds by involving the saint in some other lesser occupation and so distracting him....

Satan's distracting words often come from the most unexpected quarters. Martha would call Mary away from sitting at the feet of the Master. Sometimes, if we are not careful, our best friend may distract us. Or it might be some very legitimate activity. This day's bustle and hurly-burly would too often and too soon call us away from Jesus' feet. These distractions must be immediately dismissed, or we shall know only the "barrenness of busyness."   A.W. Tozer


I have often been challenged in this Christian life to do what is best -
not just what is good.

Sometimes it is easier to be busy and not intimate with the Lord Jesus.  We can rush around in "service" to Him, but avoid time in the Word and in prayer.

"Be still and know that I am God."
Psalm 46:10

May we seek the Lord's wisdom in making those daily choices that are the best for our Christian walk, our testimony and our personal devotion to the One whose dying love saved our souls.


  1. "We can rush around in "service" to Him, but avoid time in the Word and in prayer."
    A good reminder, Mindy. This can be so true!

  2. True words. I have found that sometimes I have to also avoid the trap of thinking I have be "best" instead of realizing that "good" is sometimes enough. We an get distracted either way.
    We are complicated creatures!

  3. That's me . . . busy, busy, busy. I really have to work at making myself stop and read my Bible; stop and pray; or stop and encourage someone!


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