Confessions of a Workaholic

I feel like I get to this point often. It’s the point where God reminds me, quite forcefully, how absolutely dependent I am on Him to accomplish anything meaningful. And how easily I get it wrong and lose focus on what matters.

I’ve been meditating on this section of Isaiah 30:15 over the last while:

“This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:
In repentance and rest is your salvation,
In quietness and trust is your strength….”

What a beautiful piece of scripture. Yet, I realized that I had been overlooking the last part of that verse. Here’s the complete last line:

“…In quietness and trust is your strength… but you would have none of it.”

confessions of a workaholicSo often, I run around trying to make my life have more meaning. Even in writing this blog post, in all honesty, I probably should be done working by now. Where I am, it’s Thursday at 6:00 p.m. as I type this out. I’ve been chewing on Souls of the Feet and Good Coffee all day, and this is my dessert. Granted, it’s hard when you love what you do. I’m so blessed to have the privilege of waking up every morning with a deep sense purpose and an excitement to advance the Kingdom. But I wonder how many times I cross that line of falling in love with working FOR God more than loving just by being WITH God.

Stop the glorification of busy.

Being busy doesn’t necessarily mean you’re being productive or effective. It just means you’re busy. That passage in Isaiah says the opposite actually. It says that we find our strength in quietness and trust. In stillness and confidence in Jesus, not in our own abilities. Now, this doesn’t mean that we should just sit around when God has given us dreams and tasks. But it does mean that our tasks should be informed by our time alone in His presence. We should be executing His strategies from a place of rest and love, rather than a need to justify our existence by by being busy. In verse 18 of the same chapter of Isaiah, it shows us what we’re actually missing out on:

“Yet, the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all those who wait for Him!”

We’re running away from His grace. Not ideal.

So this is the confession of a recovering workaholic. I still have lots of growing to do. I encourage you to read Isaiah 30:15-26 for your self. It’s delicious. My prayer is that we all learn to rest in His awesome plan for us and trust that His grace is sufficient to see His plan through.

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2 thoughts on “Confessions of a Workaholic

  1. Pam

    Good word, Justin. I have been meditating on this verse all week. My salvation is not in how much I do or accomplish but in repenting and resting in Him. He has filled me with His strength as I trust Him. I have experienced how powerful and satisfying it is to rest in the quietness and stillness of His presence and yet I continually find myself defaulting to something that will give me instant satisfaction; just one more email, one more phone call, one more text, or one more appointment. I tend to busy myself with “things” that seem important so that I don’t have to be alone and face the quietness because I know that when I stop and face stark reality that all of my insecurities will teem out. It is in this brief, vulnerable, moment that God is most perceptible to me. He pours His love into me and I have a grasp of how wide and long and high and deep is Christ’s love for me. No email, phone call, meeting, or person can give me the joy and fulfillment that comes with spending quality, uninterrupted, time with my Abba Father.

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