Lord, My Heart is Willing, But I’m Too Busy—2 Chronicles 29:31

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 29:3-31:21

Heavenly Father, I’m taking a bit of liberty with this scripture today. It’s really about offerings but when I saw the words “all whose hearts were willing” my brain immediately thought, “Lord, there are so many desperate needs around me. People who just need a call, visit, their dishes washed, or a meal delivered. I want to help them. I’m willing, but I’m so busy. I just don’t have time.”

Then Hezekiah declared, “Now that you have consecrated yourselves to the Lord, bring your sacrifices and thanksgiving offerings to the Temple of the Lord.” So the people brought their sacrifices and thanksgiving offerings, and all whose hearts were willing brought burnt offerings, too.  —2 Chronicles 29:31

Maybe, this verse is more accurate than I thought. When I give to others it is definitely an offering of worship and many times it’s a sacrifice. I think the sacrifice word is the problem. In 2014, in America, sacrifice is a dirty word. We want our lives to be easy, comfortable, and all about us.

Lord, the enemy of our soul uses our fast paced and self-centered culture to keep us so busy with me, my, and mine that we “don’t have time” to care about anyone else. As Christians we expect the “church” or some social organization to care for the needs of the hurting because that’s why we pay our tithes or taxes. We’d rather just throw money at it and feel like we’d done our part.

We have been deceived into thinking that benevolence or caring for others in their time of need is a spiritual gift, some have it and some don’t. I know everyone doesn’t enjoy cooking or visiting people in the hospital but when the day comes when I’m the one in need and no one has the time or the desire to reach out to me, I see things from a completely different perspective.

Lord, I know from personal experience that the quality of the meal or the eloquence of someone’s words is the last thing on my mind when I’m in need. The ONLY thing I’m thinking when someone shows up to check on me or bring a meal is, THEY STOPPED THE CRAZINESS OF THEIR WORLD TO CARE ABOUT ME!!!

Jesus, continue to convict me of this need in my circle of influence. Help me to realize a meal from the deli at Publix means just as much as slow-cooked meal from home. Remind me that a 5 minute visit can mean the world to someone. Show me what I need to stop in my life so I can be Your hands and feet to the hurting world.

Lord, use me as Your representative today.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Proverbs 25:1-29:27

2 Responses to “Lord, My Heart is Willing, But I’m Too Busy—2 Chronicles 29:31”

  1. Clay July 1, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    Dianne, amazing & right on point! Thoroughly enjoyed the post this morning; too often had the very same thoughts — encouraging to not let “too busy” win! Have a great day 😉

  2. Donna Franklin July 2, 2014 at 6:10 am #

    Dianne, thank you for opening the doors of your heart.

    Today like many other days your prayer has touch home. I’m not a great cook so when asked if I will help with a meal I usually cringe. It’s really is not about the food. It’s about the your time, and who has time anymore? I
    will keep this in mind the next time I am asked to prepare a meal. Publix is right down the street from me.

    I wanted to take a moment to let you know that I appreciate you. I usually read your prayer the day after you post. Only because I wake up at 4:00 to study before I start my day. Your email comes to me later in the morning. So I do not read it until the following day.
    I have learned so much in the past 2 years by following the reading plan you have laid out for your viewers. Sometimes you point out scriptures that I just rushed through, then other times you touch on scriptures that caught my attention just as it did yours. Whatever the situation, you help me to stay faithful in my daily Bible reading. If I get behind I have the emails waiting to help me get caught up. This allows me not to feel guilty if I have to miss a day or two.
    Thank you so very much,
    Donna

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