Have you ever read a passage in the Bible and though something like, “That’s not me.” Only to have God check you on that?
I recently read Isaiah 32. In the NIV it says this:
“You women who are so complacent, rise up and listen to me; you daughters who feel secure, hear what I have to say! . . . Tremble, you complacent women; shudder, you daughters who feel secure! Strip off your fine clothes and wrap yourselves in rags.”
This passage struck me. I am not a complacent woman. I am busy about keeping my family running smoothly.
Getting the boys to sports and activities,
Spending time with friends.
I am doing what I can to train up our sons in integrity (with Hubs’ help, of course).
I manage the house.
Hold things up when Hubs has to travel.
The word B-O-R-E-D has no place in my vocabulary.
So why would this verse challenge me?
Perhaps God isn’t talking about complacency in living out our days. Most of us can claim the “Busy” title.
What if busy-ness is actually what causes complacency . . . in our relationship with God?
When I have a lot going on, my quiet time gets shortened. I read in God’s word, but sometimes my mind is already shifting toward the things that must be done in that day.
Sometimes (I hang my head), I read the Bible because I know I should rather than because it’s my very life-breath.
There are seasons where we are busy. But that’s what they should be: seasons—with a definite beginning and end.
Busy shouldn’t define our lifestyle.
When it becomes our lifestyle, we suffer, our families suffer, and our relationships suffer. Especially our relationship with God.
Here’s where I found my thoughts going as I contemplated this passage.
In my role of serving my family . . .
in learning to live out a calling to write . . .
it’s easy to get wrapped up in these things.
The busy days come. I have to flow with them. But God loves me. He always will. So that relationship is solid, right?
Even when I don’t spend time with Him? He’ll understand, because I’m busy serving and living for Him.
This kind of thinking is dangerous because it leads to complacency. Yes. God will always love us.
He tells us in Romans chapter 8 there is nothing that can separate us from His love.
First we are too busy to spend time with Him one day, and then another . . . and before we know it a month has passed with no one-on-one time with God.
This eventually becomes a lifestyle.
Busyness crowds out relationship.
And our relationship with God is our life-breath. Pretty soon we stop breathing spiritually.
We begin to depend on ourselves to accomplish our to-do lists, forgetting that God is the only One who can enable us to complete the things He gives us to do.
Spiritual complacency reflects in our lives. In the way we treat others. In our mindsets. In our health.
Spending time with God is not a requirement to get to heaven. It’s a gift God gives us.
It’s a little like spending time with our favorite author or celebrity, only about a million times better. God has all the time in the world to talk with us, listen to us, teach us. And He wants to do these things.
We may need to change our perspective about what it means to spend time with Him.
Instead of thinking about spending time in God’s word as a task, we need to guard time in our days so we can meet with Him as we would a friend for coffee.
We need to guard against the busy-ness mindset.
God honors those who honor Him. As we honor Him with our time . . .
as we make spending that time with Him a priority,
. . . He meets us at a heart-level.
He gives us what we need for that day.
And, He enables our spirits to thrive. Which will reflect onto those around us. And, we can avoid the label “Complacent.”
What about you? Where in your life have you battled complacency? How do you guard against busyness?