“The Bondage Of Busyness”

Posted: May 25, 2021 in Uncategorized

Recently I listened to a message by a Pastor in which he talked about “The Bondage of Busyness.” He had a lot of good things to say. I’d encourage you to listen to it. [1] Many people today are “frantic, frazzled, and frustrated.” Maybe you feel beat, bleary, bone weary, bushed, and you’re ready to burst. Perhaps you are among those who say, “I’m too busy; I don’t have time for that. I need a vacation.” If you got one, what would you do while you were on it – worry some more? Are you a “workaholic”?

Paradigm Shift. I’d like to suggest that you take another course of action that will enable you to know how you can have not only “peace with God” (Romans 5:1), but also how to have and enjoy the “peace of God” that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:6, 7). This will enable you to have unruffled “moment by moment vacations” throughout your days as you learn how to worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). It involves learning how to meditate Biblically on God and His Word (1 Thessalonians 5:17; See Psalm 1; Joshua 1:8)? Are you teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17)? If so, try to follow regularly what we suggest for you and then let us know how you are doing and what we can do to encourage you along life’s path (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).

God’s Gift. Even though our lives are like a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away (James 4:14), each day is a gift from God and is made up of 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, or 86,400 seconds. Some people can pack a lot of good and godly things into the time they have been given. Others “kill time” or engage in worthless activities to fill the void in their lives. Many people pursue fame, fortune, power, or pleasure. None of us knows the length of time we’ll have on this earth. We’re here today; gone tomorrow just like the grass of the field (Matthew 6:30). That is why we need to make every day count for eternity and treat is as though it’s our last day on earth. Are glorifying God (making Him known to others), and seeking the highest wellbeing of other people, the priorities of your life (1 Corinthians 10:31; Galatians 6:10)? If not, why?

Slave Labor. The Jews who lived as slaves in Egypt under a wicked Pharaoh had no days off to rest. This rigorous life went on for several hundred years until Moses finally came and delivered them from bondage (Exodus 1:13, 14; 13:3; 17:3). Slave labor is still going on today in some parts of the world. All of us have probably purchased things that were made by slaves in other countries. Check the labels on things you buy.

Sabbath. After they left Egypt, God gave the Jews a new set of “Rules for Living” known as the “Mosaic Law” during the “Dispensation of Law” (2 Kings 21:8; John 7:19) [2] “The Ten Commandments” included a day of rest, known as “The Sabbath” on every seventh day – Saturday. It was for the Jewish people, their servants (employees), strangers in their midst, and even for their animals (Exodus 20:8-11). Violating it called for a severe penalty – death (Exodus 31:14, 15). God is a good God, Who delights in the well being and happiness of others (Matthew 19:17). He wants people to work diligently for six days and then rest on the seventh day from their labors. He wanted them to know that they could trust Him to provide for their everyday needs (Genesis 22:8, 14; Psalm 23:1-6; Philippians 4:19). There is a difference between needs and wants. (See 1 Timothy 6:8.)

Worship & Wisdom. Perhaps, as they observed the Sabbath, some of them thought (or should have thought) about God’s attributes of goodness, righteousness, omniscience, omnipotence, truth, holiness, and love. This is how we are to worship God today (John 4:24). They may have asked God for wisdom to do their work more efficiently and effectively. God delights in giving wisdom to those who humbly ask Him for it as King Solomon did (1 Kings 3:9 ff; 4:29 ff ; James 1:5; See 3:13-18).

Sabbatical Year. But not only did God want them to take one day off from work every week to rest, He also wanted them to let the land rest every seventh year (Leviticus 25:4). This would take a lot more faith on the Jews’ part. Apparently they weren’t willing to obey this command. This was one of the reasons why the Jews ended up enslaved in pagan Babylon for 70 years (2 Chronicles 36:21; Jeremiah 25:11 ff). (BTW – The Jews also took time off from their regular work during their annual Feasts.) [3]

Freedom. After the Medo-Persians defeated the Babylonians, King Cyrus of Persia (modern day Iran) allowed the Jews to return to their homeland and rebuild their Temple (Ezra 5:13 ff). King Artaxerxes (of Persia – Iran) allowed Nehemiah and other Jews to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall around the city (Nehemiah 1 ff). Later, another Persian (Iranian) King, by the name of Ahasuerus, had a part in the preservation of the Jewish nation, when wicked Haman tried to exterminate them. (Read the Book of Esther.) In contrast, modern day Iran is set on Israel’s destruction and annihilation.

Faith-Rest Life. God promised to give Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the Jews the land from the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River (Genesis 15:18-21). Note: They will get all this land during Christ’s 1,000 year reign on/over the earth. After delivering the Jews from Egypt, Moses sent 12 spies into the land of Canaan. (The iniquity of the Amorites was full and judgment was coming – Genesis 15:16). Ten of them came back and discouraged the people from going into the land because there were giants in it (Numbers 13:23 88). The congregation refused to walk by faith and enter the land. So God caused them to wander in the wilderness for 40 years until all those 20 years old and older died in the wilderness. Then the new generation entered the Promised Land under Joshua’s leadership (Numbers 32:13; 26:65).

Ditto. During Joshua’s day, the Jews were also given many opportunities to trust God while taking possession of the land that He promised to them. But once again, they failed to trust God and walk by faith. As a result, they went through seven cycles of discipline from God (Read the Book of Judges).

Applications

Salvation. Today God wants Jews and non-Jews to place their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, so they can be saved (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:16, 17). Have you done this? If not, why not now? Then God wants all Christians to walk by faith (Romans 1:17; Hebrews 4:2 ff). Are you doing this? How often? Without it you can’t please God (Hebrews 11:6.)

Promises. When we take the “Promises of God” [3] that are addressed to Christians, and mix them with faith, we can enjoy the “peace of God” that surpasses all understanding. It will guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6, 7; See Hebrews 4:2 ff). We must be careful not to try to claim the promises that were given exclusively to the Old Testament believers. Otherwise, we will be very discouraged when we don’t get what we thought we should be getting. The Jews and the Church are distinct from each other and God has different plans for these two groups. (See 1 Corinthians 10:32.) The Church has NOT replaced Israel. [5] Beware of the “Name it and claim it” false teachers who mislead many people (2 Peter 2:1 ff).

Principle. While the law of the Sabbath isn’t repeated in the New Testament for Christians, we believe that God wants us to set aside some time each week to rest, if possible. Pray for persecuted Christian slaves in other countries around the world who aren’t free to do this.

Sundays. The early church met on the first day of the week – Sunday, the day Christ rose again bodily from the dead. Since many Christians were slaves, they probably met on Sunday nights. Their purpose: “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day [Rapture] approaching” (Hebrews 10:24, 25). Are you practicing this?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If this has helped you, please LIKE and SHARE it with others. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Click on “Follow” to receive future articles as they come out.

[1] Mark Hitchcock – “Rest Stop” Time: minute 28 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7ovrN9XyAI

[2] Mosaic Law – Dispensation (See our “Understanding The Times Dispensation Chart” on our website)

[3] Feasts – https://www.gotquestions.org/Jewish-festivals.html

[4] Promises – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/01/promises-for-christians-to-claim-2/

[5] Replacement Theology – https://christinprophecy.org/articles/the-evil-of-replacement-theology/

[6] Why Read? – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2008/05/05/%e2%80%9cwhy-read%e2%80%9d/

Recommended Books:

WarrenW. Wiersbe – On Being A Servant Of God https://www.amazon.com/Being-Servant-God-Warren-Wiersbe/dp/0801068193/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=wiersbe+on+being+a+servant&qid=1621932312&sr=8-1

H. L. Schafer – Maturing In Christ https://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781609578381&HC_ISBN=

Charles Ryrie – Balancing The Christian Life https://www.amazon.com/Balancing-Christian-Life-Charles-Ryrie/dp/0802408877/ref=sr_1_2?

Robert J. Morgan – Red Sea Rules https://www.amazon.com/Red-Sea-Rules-God-Given-Strategies/dp/0529104407/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=morgan+red+sea+rules&qid=1621926566&sr=8-1

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