So, how are those disciplines going? The crazy busyness of summer is here. Not sure about you, but this time of year I have to fight to get my disciplines done. The battle begins in our minds — you know the minds that we are supposed to be conforming to His image. So many things crowd in, fun things (especially in the summer–we have to pack all we can into our short months of warmth), ministry, basic daily duties (home, family, work, school) and our disciplines. As women it’s easy to get our priorities out of whack — at least for this woman it is. We work really hard trying to get everything done and at the end of the day when we’re dragging ourselves to bed we realize in horror that somehow our disciplines did not get done again. At this point we’re pretty sure that they won’t get done either. Sure, we could try, but we know that unless we walk around (which George Mueller did!, great idea) we will be asleep in less than 2 minutes whether we want to or not.
But, how are we doing these “things” that we are responsible for each day? Are we going about them in such a way as to bring glory to God or are we getting them done in the flesh with all its nastiness spilling out for everyone to see (anger, frustration, irritation, unkind words, etc.)? That’s the conforming our minds to His image part — you see, what is in our hearts will be what comes out of our mouths and without renewing our minds in His word it will be ugly sinfulness because that is who we are. So, if we neglect our disciplines, at some point we will be running around like chickens with our heads cut off (to borrow a phrase from my Southern upbringing). For those of you who never had the pleasure of actually seeing this — they run around in all directions until the nervous system is completely dead (I’ll spare you the gory details, you’ve got the picture). I feel this way sometimes–so much to do so little time. But shouldn’t we, as lovers of God be different? Isn’t our primary job to show this lost, dying world (our children, neighbors, co-workers, classmates) His son? Shouldn’t we be encouraging our sisters? This will not happen unless we are in His word on a consistent basis. Also, if our joy has departed, and if our peace is gone, Satan’s work here is done. We’ve heard Matt say that we are in a battle and for many of us this is our battle.
So, I want to encourage you again, stop the madness, don’t let Satan win! Find a workable time, sit down with your bible, glue your buns to your chair, and spend time with your Maker, the redeemer of your soul. I’ll leave you with this thought:
“So long as we are occupied with any other object than God himself, there will be neither rest for the heart nor peace for the mind. But when we receive all that enters our lives as from His hand, then, no matter what may be our circumstances or surroundings– whether in a hovel or prison-dungeon, or at a martyr’s stake–we shall be enabled to say, ‘The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places’ (Psalm 16:6). But that is the language of faith, not of sight nor of sense. ~A.W.Pink, The Sovereignty of God.