August 13, 2009 by Stacy McDonald
How many times have you said to yourself, “There are just not enough minutes in the day to do all that I need to do!” Is this true? Would God give us certain things to accomplish and then not be gracious enough to give us enough time to do it?
In our ladies class at church we’ve been discussing how often this lie of the enemy causes us to feel defeated and overwhelmed. We discovered in our study that, often, the reason we don’t have the “time” to do what needs to be done is because we’re too busy doing things He hasn’t called us to do – at least, not right now. We’re robbing ourselves (and God) of time that should be spent doing what we know for a fact He has called us to do! Let’s talk about how a “good thing” can become a “bad thing” when God has called us to do something else.
Imagine leaving your older child to care for a younger sibling while you run some errands; however, when you come home you find your little one playing in the front yard in his pajamas and your older child inside on the couch reading her Bible. Would it really matter if reading her Bible is a “good thing” or not? No, because she set aside a clear directive to do what she wanted to do. To obey is better than sacrifice.
“And Samuel said, “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry…” (1 Samuel 15:22-23, ESV)
How often do we moms do something similar? We set aside what we know God has called us to do, so that we can do some other “good” thing. If you’re a wife and mother there is absolutely no doubt that you are called to minister to your husband’s needs, train and nurture your children, and manage your home. Is there anything, even something “good,” that gets in the way of this?
Share one thing that steals your time most days – an activity that probably is not something God has called you to do – at least not to the degree that you’re doing it.
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