My friend, may I ask you a question? Did you know that sometimes being in a hurry can reap the opposite of what you’re trying to achieve; especially when you're trying to do things to God’s glory without first consulting with God as to whether or not he would have you make haste or not?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Anyone who knows me knows I’m normally in a hurry. Managing a job and an Internet ministry takes effort and planning, so I’ve always felt being timely, getting from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible, is a good thing. These days there’s just no time to waste and I want to use every bit of it I can get. If that’s hurrying, then so be it. However, sometimes being in a hurry can reap the opposite of what you’re trying to achieve; especially when you're trying to do things to God’s glory without first consulting with God as to whether or not he would have you make haste or not.
Here’s a story: According to a traditional Hebrew story, Abraham was sitting outside his tent one evening when he saw an old man, weary from age and journey, coming toward him. Abraham rushed out, greeted him, and then invited him into his tent. There he washed the old man’s feet and gave him food and drink. The old man immediately began eating without saying any prayer or blessing. So Abraham asked him, “Don't you worship God?” The old traveler replied, “I worship fire only and reverence no other god.” When he heard this, Abraham became incensed, grabbed the old man by the shoulders, and threw him out his tent into the cold night air. When the old man had departed, God called to his friend Abraham and asked where the stranger was. Abraham replied, “I forced him out because he did not worship you.” God answered, “I have suffered him these eighty years although he dishonors me. Could you not endure him one night?” (Source unknown)
People in a hurry, like me, need to breath deeply and take stock of the situation from time to time. That’s something that Moses didn’t do before he decided to murder an Egyptian guard when he thought no one was looking. True, no one was looking other than the men the man had been beating. Nevertheless, Mose’s rash action backfired on him and he ended up spending the next 80 years of his life on the run. Moses was in a hurry to do something that he thought was right. God, on the other hand, was not in a hurry. Hurry isn’t in God’s vocabulary. God has a timetable that isn’t dependent on time at all, because time is something that God uses and not the other way around. The problem with people in a hurry is this, they think that taking matters into hand and being proactive and then turning to God and saying, “See what I have done?” is pleasing to God. It never is. God reserves the right to act before we do––always. When we act rashly, before taking things in prayer to God, we actually put time in control over us, and not the other way around. In a hurry today? Try slowing down a bit and finding God’s cadence. Make time your servant instead of you serving it. If God isn’t worried about time, you and I shouldn’t be either.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for never being in a hurry when it comes to the important, critical things in our life that require your 100% commitment to our wellbeing. Forgive us when we always seem to be in a hurry, especially when it concerns the spiritual things in life we have little or no control over. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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