Pastor's Pen: Too much preparation

Is it possible to spend too much time preparing?

I asked myself this question just the other day. Like many churches and schools, we began our fall schedules with Bible studies and activities and programs. It’s easy to see the massive amounts of work before you and drain yourself studying, making calls, gathering supplies and trying to fit everything into a nice, neat package. It can also be quite stressful.

After Sunday, when the first week of all the busyness took place; I looked back and wondered if all the preparations were as necessary as I thought they were at the time. What really is most important?

I like what David has to say in Psalm 131, “My heart is not proud, O LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore.”

I can spend all my time preparing for some great event or study that I think will woo the world to Christ, but that really isn’t what’s most important.

I can spend all my time getting everything laid out just right and on schedule, but that’s truly not what’s most important.

I can work and be thought of as industrious and creative, but even that is not what’s most important. What’s most important is relying completely on the Lord.

If I do great things and never rely on God then it is all pointless. I’ll think that I have done a great job, rather than God. If you don’t believe me, ask Gideon (Judges 7).

In Psalm 131, David tells us that he didn’t focus on great tasks to impress others with how intelligent he was or how well he formulated a plan. Instead, he “quieted his soul” putting his hope completely in the Lord. David knew he had to always be looking to God and depending totally on Him in everything.

What tasks do you have ahead of you? Are you doing them yourself or relying on God? Take extra time this week being still before God allowing Him to guide your next step.