5 Dangers of a Busy Life

This week has felt especially busy to me. My calendar looked empty, but obligations popped up and my to-do list seemed not to have an end. Each item on my to-do list is a good thing to do. I am serving others, volunteering my time, writing Bible study material, helping at my kids’ school, and making time to go to lunch with family. On top of that, other obligations must happen. Laundry, dishes, meals and errands use up time at an incredible pace and have to be done.

Dangers lurk under the long to-do lists we make. Isaiah 28:10-13 says this:

For it is:
    Do this, do that,
    a rule for this, a rule for that;
    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 this, do that,
    a rule for this, a rule for that;
    a little here, a little there—
so that as they go they will fall backward;
    they will be injured and snared and captured.


Danger #1: Busy people can grow weary and not experience God’s rest.

I love the verses above because God is showing them a place of rest, a place of repose. They weren’t listening, but God was offering. When we stuff our schedules so full of activity, we can miss the invitation and miss out on rest for our souls.


Danger #2: Busy people can stop listening to God.

Busy-ness often means a noisy life. The TV is on in the background, the radio is on in the car, the family is demanding and the dog is barking. When will we find time to sit and listen to God in the quiet? A full schedule makes that so much more challenging.


Danger #3: Busy people can exchange their relationship with God for religious activity and not notice.

All our activity, no matter how noble or self-sacrificing it is, can push out any time we have to spend with God. I don’t want to become legalistic about having devotions at a certain time of day or in a certain way, but without work and care, those times get sacrificed. Protecting that time with God needs to be done deliberately and specifically. It won’t happen without effort on our part.


Danger #4: Busy people can experience backward progress.

I have had the experience several times in my life when I found myself struggling with a sin or emotion that I hadn’t faced in a long time. I wondered to myself why it was coming up again. Hadn’t I conquered that one? While many reasons exist for this to happen, the Scripture above tells us that being overly concerned with doing things and following rules could be one of them. If you find this is happening to you, start looking at how busy you are.


Danger #5: Busy people can be susceptible to Satan’s attacks.

When we are busy, we are in God’s Word less. Being in God’s Word less exposes us to spiritual attack. Satan loves to distract us. I think he especially uses good causes, religious activity and noble deeds to make us think we are doing fine with God.


My NIV version is slightly different than the updated one above. Verse 10 reads, “Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule; a little here, a little there.” Does this describe your life?


Which of the dangers are you experiencing right now?



Kathy Erickson2 Comments