He Gets What’s His
“Stop the glorification of busy!”
That’s what I heard this week as I was listening to a podcast on being grateful. Then as I’m reading through 2 Chronicles and the same message hits me again. This is an area I need to revisit on a regular basis.
The book of 2 Chronicles ends with this reference to Jeremiah. As you’ve read the previous chapters, the last vestige of honor in the Kingdom of Judah was killed in battle and everything spins out of control quickly. The writer quickly summarizes the last several years before these people were taken into captivity. Remember, the point of Chronicles is to help the people refocus on what should have been central in their life—the Temple of God and healthy worship in their lives. When he says, “To fulfil the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years,” you must realize there is a big deal (2 Chronicles 36:21).
God commissioned Jeremiah to this final plea: “Thus said the Lord unto me; Go and stand in the gate of the children of the people…And say unto them…Thus saith the Lord; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day…but hallow ye the sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers. But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction” (Jeremiah 17:19–23).
Don’t get hung up thinking, “We don’t observe the Old Testament sabbath any longer.” The principle is still the same. The people no longer had time for God. The disregarded a life oriented by their devotion to God. They were so busy with their other pursuits and pressing needs, God was ignored.
The same symptom is crippling our families, church, and nation. We have glorified our busyness to the point there’s no time for God! The chronicler wanted to underscore the main cause for their seventy years of suffering in exile so they would not repeat the mistake.
This is a timely reminder as we are about to plunge into the holiday season. We want to emphasize gratitude and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. However, we can run to and fro without any attention to a systems check: Are we actually directing our life to worship God? Or have we glorified busy?
Israel learned, God will get what’s His, but it’s your choice to give it to him intentionally.