Friday, April 12th, 2013
Hurry Up And Wait (Part 4)
When Not To Hurry
Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work.
Exodus 20:9-10 (NKJV)
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep.
Psalm 127:2 (NKJV)
Desire without knowledge is not good---how much more will hasty feet miss the way!
Proverbs 19:2 (NIV)
If 'hurry up and wait' is a godly practice, consider the steps. Hurry is first. But when and where do you hurry? When and where are secondary concerns. In fact, they need not concern you at all, because 'The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord' (Psalm 37:23).
The Bible says, 'Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths' (Proverbs 3:5-6).
The questions to ask yourself are who, why and what. For whom do you hurry? If you hurry to please men, God calls 'Feet that are swift in running to evil' (Proverbs 6:18) 'An abomination' (v.16). Since 'No one is righteous, no, not one' (Romans 3:10), hurrying after anyone but God is a mistake.
Why do you hurry? If you're chasing money, God says, 'The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil' (1 Timothy 6:10). Wrong chase. If you're chasing fame or power, God says, 'Those who exalt themselves will be humbled' (Matthew 23:12). Double wrong chase.
What's your goal? The Apostle Paul says we're in a race, but what's the prize? If it's a big house, cool car or Golden Globe, you're wrong again. 'For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world' (1 John 2:16).
If these questions trouble you, then stop, look and listen. 'Be still and know that I am God' (Psalm 46:10).
Consider one more question: How. How do you hurry? Your style is important to God. 'Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it' (1 Corinthians 9:24).
Bad form includes breaking the rules, ignoring the weak and forgetting your fans. Remember God is your Judge and no other. He has two prime directives: 1) Love Him, 2) Love others.
Here's the good news: if you answer who, why, what and how correctly, you win. Even if you have no legs, you win! Because this race is about finesse; it's more about how you move than when you arrive:
'Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him' (James 1:12).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hurry Up And Wait series.