Hebrews 9:23-10:18; Exodus 9:1-10:29; Proverbs 3
I like things to move fast. I know what I want. I’m smart enough to make it happen and I want to make it happen…NOW! I want things to happen so bad that I am often way ahead of God in getting things done. It’s like I turn around and wave to God, telling Him to hurry and catch up with me; almost as if I’m thinking how far we would go if God would join me so we can work together. When I think about those things, though, I realize that trying to rush God like that is a lack of trust in His timing. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; don’t rely on your own intelligence. Know him in all your paths, and he will keep your ways straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) This passage in Proverbs reminds me that there are times that I need to slow down and take a deep breath. How often do I act, or react without seeking God’s guidance. I find that when I am in action/reaction mode I do a lot of things I regret. When that happens, I end up dealing with the consequences of my haste in ways that I usually don’t like. So this call to slow down, to trust in God instead of my own intelligence, reminds me that true success isn’t in getting things done my own way; success lies in working together with God to do things His way. The promise is that if I know Him, He will direct my paths. How true that is and how often I neglect to take the time to know Him and depend on Him because I know better. Rash decisions lead more often to sorrow and regret than success. Perhaps we all could benefit from slowing down and trusting God’s leadership.
God, slow me down. Help me understand what You want. Help me to trust You in all that I do. But Lord, once I have Your guidance and direction, help me to follow with all my heart at the speed You want.