Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
Busyness Plans (Part 14)
I will cry out to God Most High, to God Who performs all things for me.
Psalm 57:2 (NKJV)
Who confirms the word of His servant, and performs the counsel of His messengers.
Isaiah 44:26 (NKJV)
For He performs what is appointed for me.
Job 23:14 (NKJV)
So we say with confidence, 'The Lord is my Helper.'
Hebrews 13:6 (NIV)
'Abba, Father, all things are possible for You' (Mark 14:36). Jesus introduced the Word 'Abba' in the New Testament. 'Abba is an intimate term for God as Father' (Oxford Dictionary). It's like Papa or Daddy.
The Son's communication with His Father was ceaseless, but for one terrible moment on the Cross: 'My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?' (Matthew 27:46). Jesus lived in the Spirit of His Father for many reasons, including this one: God was the Source of His accomplishments. As a Man Jesus said: 'I can of Myself do nothing' (John 5:30).
When He redeemed us on the Cross, our heavenly status rose with Him. We became His brethren. 'You received the Spirit of adoption by Whom we cry out, 'Abba, Father' ' (Romans 8:15), 'And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, 'Abba, Father!' ' (Galatians 4:6).
A critical problem among very busy Christians is this one: forgetting Who the real Worker is. Because it's not them, but Him. Before committing to Christ, I was in ceaseless communication, not with God, but with my 'To Do' lists; these jobs, worries and crossed-off accomplishments become my guide and my god. It's still a temptation.
'And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life' (Matthew 6:27), or as the KJV puts it: 'one cubit to your stature?' Instead, Jesus gives us a different 'to-do,' one that must override all others:
'Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light' (Matthew 11:28-30). In other words, ask Abba.
'If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in Heaven give good things to those who ask Him!' (Matthew 7:11). 'My help comes from the Lord, Who made Heaven and earth' (Psalm 121:2). 'Commit your way to the Lord. Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass' (Psalm 37:5).
Ask Abba. Give Papa your 'To Do' list and watch those jobs get erased (as not necessary), or get done (with time to spare).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Busyness Plans series.