Beware the Busyness Syndrome

Beware the Busyness Syndrome.

Granted, for some, a touch of the “busyness syndrome” would be a good thing. It’s as though ‘hyper-busyness’ and laziness are on either sides of this spectrum. The Bible speaks to both ends. For our consideration today we will give attention to the former.

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Make Your Father and Mother Glad (Proverbs 10:1)

The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother. (Proverbs 10:1 ESV)

One of the things that I love about reading through the Book of Proverbs is how readily applicable so many texts are. If, on a given day, you happen to wonder “What can I, as a new creation in Christ, do right now to please my Father who is in Heaven?” Simply open to the Book of Proverbs, read through some of the chapters, and you’re sure to find some immediate instruction. If you happened to begin reading at chapter ten the immediate application you would have is – make your father and mother glad.

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Abraham, the Ram and Jehovah Jireh

In Genesis 22 not much attention is usually given to the ram. Understandably so. There’s so much in this chapter to marvel at: the testing of Abraham, the way in which Abraham’s offering of Isaac foreshadows the sacrifice of God the Father offering His beloved Son, Isaac’s humble submission as a prefiguration of the obedience of Christ, the parallel between Abraham’s words, “God will provide for Himself a lamb for a burnt offering” (Gen 22:8) and those of John the Baptist thousands of years later, “behold the Lamb of God takes away the sin of the world” (Jn 1:29). There is indeed much to contemplate in this chapter; but for now, let us take a moment to marvel at the connection between Abraham, the ram and Jehovah Jireh.

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One Truer than Zedekiah (Jer. 34:8-22)

Desperate situations can lead to desperate measures. They can also lead to counterfeit repentance. That essentially appears to be the idea behind the latter portion of Jeremiah thirty-four. Now, at first glance, the counterfeit had some of the external markings of the true. After all, when you beginning reading verses 8 through 10 you hear what appears to be a bit of good news. “The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD” (vs.8a) came “after King Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people who were at Jerusalem to proclaim liberty to them” (vs.8b). That’s a positive. But to be clear, this wasn’t a general declaration of freedom spoken to an already free people; this was an overdue announcement to people whose liberty was long overdue. Per Exodus 21:2, a reference God would implicitly remind the people of through Jeremiah (Jer. 34:13-14), slaves were only supposed to serve for six years and in the seventh year they were to go free (Ex. 21:2). But when we look at the words that come later on in the chapter (vs.14-15) it looks like Zedekiah and the people of Jerusalem had not followed that command up until this point. So Zedekiah, the people of the land, and just about everyone in between (vs.19), likely induced to a point of desperation because of the surrounding Babylonians, sought to make amends for their dismissal of God’s Law. With the pomp and circumstance of a covenant ceremony, they cut a calf in two, walked through the halves (vs.18-19), and issued the following proclamation:

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Don’t Go Down Envy’s Path

Some years back, as our church was studying through the Book of 1 Samuel, we saw the beginning of Saul being gripped by the sin of envy and oh what an ugly picture it was! Envy quickly led Saul down a path of incredible evil. In 1 Samuel 18 we only see the beginning of that slippery slope but even there the malignant poison of jealousy led him to take his spear into his hand and hurl it at David (twice!) even while David’s hands were ministering to him on the harp.

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