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The Captivity of Activity

The Captivity of Activity

For it is:
Do and do, do and do,
Rule on rule, rule on rule,
A little here, a little there.
Very well then with foreign lips and
strange tongues
God will speak to this people,
To whom he said,
“This is the resting place, let the
weary rest”; and “This is the place of repose”
but they would not listen.
So then, the word of the LORD to
them will become:
Do and do, do and do,
Rule on rule, rule on rule;
A little here, a little there –
So that they will go and fall
Backward, be injured and snared
and captured.

Isaiah 28:10-13

Doing: the activities in which a particular person engages; effort, activity.

Being: existence; the nature or essence of a person.

Having a chronic illness means losing a lot of the things that you thought made you, you. Your list of “Do’s” gets shorter and shorter because it has to. You have to learn how to just “Be”.

If you belong to Christ you are truly blessed to be able to have all the “Do’s” that were once holding you up, stripped away.

Yes, blessed.

You have the unique opportunity to see how Christ sees you. What he says about you. Who you are in him.

It changes everything.

Yes, you still have the same personality (nature) and soul (essence), but your obligation to live up to others expectations is no longer necessary, because you just cannot do it. You learn to find your true value in Jesus.  Not in what you “do” and how much you’ve accomplished.

This is hard! Just “being” is hard. Not “doing” is hard.

But God is so gracious. He’s so loving, patient, and kind towards us, because at the same time you’re enduring this debilitating illness that strips away every thing you thought you knew about yourself, He is strengthening you in ways you didn’t know were possible. He is strengthening your spirit and bringing you in a deeper relationship with Him. He is setting your eyes on what is above and not what is below.

He is forming the new creature he has created you to be, and after a little while you feel more yourself than you ever had before. Where there may have been desires that have been shattered or left unfulfilled  He puts a new song in your heart and gives you new desires.  He makes Himself your most precious desire. I don’t know what is better than this.

None of this is anything that you “do”, it’s all Him. All of it. He gets the glory.

When you’re stripped down and no longer even know what to pray for, He takes care of that too, by means of the Holy Spirit:

” In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” Romans 8:26

And Jesus interceding for us:

“Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” Romans 8:34

Do you get that. If you belong to Christ, he intercedes for you! He intercedes for me!

I am so grateful and my heart is full of love for him, not because of me or anything that I’ve done or not done, but because of him and what he’s done.



1 thought on “The Captivity of Activity

  1. Great insight! Great article! Very helpful for those of us who have spent a lot of time doing and not enough time just being! I appreciate this reminder to let go and enjoy the “being” part of the journey!

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