“What are you waiting for?”
“Next Day Delivery!”
Do these expressions sound familiar to you? They do to me.
Our culture today just can’t stop rushing. Rush!-Rush!-Rush! Let’s speed to the next red light. And the speed seems to increase every year, doesn’t it? I used to let the hurried spirit of the world sneak up on me until I suddenly began to rebel in realization of its insanity. Ever since then life has been so much easier.
Did it ever occur to us that no where in the Scriptures are we instructed to rush?
So, why are we?
Instead of killing ourselves slowly in trying to keep up with the pace of the fallen world, let’s take a deep breath, slow down and walk in the grace and power of the Holy Spirit!
Check out these verses where hasty means hurried:
Proverbs 14:29 He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is hasty of spirit exposes and exalts his folly.
Proverbs 21:5 The thoughts of the [steadily] diligent tend only to plenteousness, but everyone who is impatient and hasty hastens only to want.
Proverbs 29:20 Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a [self-confident] fool than for him.
Ecclesiastes 5:2 Be not rash with your mouth, and let not your heart be hasty to utter a word before God. For God is in heaven, and you are on earth; therefore let your words be few.
Ecclesiastes 7:9 Do not be quick in spirit to be angry or vexed, for anger and vexation lodge in the bosom of fools
James 1:19 Understand [this], my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear [a ready listener], slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry.
Ephesians 3:16 May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality].
[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [ which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]