stay calm; mind your own business; do your own job. “  [1 Thessalonians 4:11 TM]

I guess some of the saddest words to hear are—“I was only trying to help”!    How many times have we broken through boundaries, bruised relationships and burned our fingers by trying to do ‘God’s job”.   It generally starts out by a God given responsibility…a task we have been given…suddenly we look beyond our ‘part’ and …do more than required.  At worst we make a mess at best we worry and wisdom goes out the window!  The whirlwind we find ourselves in is not so much the wind of the Holy Spirit as it is the dust we have stirred up by not minding our own business.

There are some very real and wonderful promises for those who stay calm…or “study to be quiet and do your own business” [NKJ]    First there’s a greater openness and honesty that results in respect in our relationships, “That you may walk honestly toward them that are without,…” and second, you will have all that you need—the promise is, “… that you may lack nothing” [1 Thessalonians 4:12]

“The suffering which springs from being “a meddler in other men’s matters” (a busy-body) is humiliating to the last degree.  A free translation of 1 Thessalonians, iv, 11 might well read, “Study to shut up and mind your own business.” And among all the texts we hang on our wall let this be one. [Oswald Chambers]

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