WEEK 12: MONDAY

ImageMatthew 7:13-14 The Message (MSG)

13-14 “Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention 

Hurry is the most obvious characteristic of today’s life. And the pace of the modern time makes one miss important life happenings: a good conversation, a time for rest and the experience of being able to see the fruits of a job well done. But why are we in a hurry? Larry Crabb says “feeling better has become more important to us than finding God.”

“Hurry Up” syndrome is a word used in aviation investigations when the pilot is in a hurry to rush tasks or duties for any reason. In March 27, 1977, two Boeing 747s in the Canary Islands bumped on each other. In the investigation conducted by the Air Line Pilot Association after the fatal collision, “Hurry Up” syndrome was cited as the reason for the pilot error.

One flight crew company has this as their principle: “Don’t let urgency make you a casualty.”

 “God is not in a hurry. He kept Abraham and Sarah waiting twenty-five years before Issac was born, and Issac and Rebekah waited twenty years for Esau and Jacob, Jacob had to wait fourteen years to get the bride he really wanted, and then he had to serve six more years to build up his flocks so he could be independent, a total of twenty years. Twenty-two years passed between Joseph’s betrayal by his brothers and the brothers’ reconciliation in Egypt. God is not in a hurry because all His works are done in love. “Love is patient, love is kind” (1 Cor.13:4). Let’s be grateful that God takes His time.”

– Warren Wiersbe, Too Soon to Quit!: Fifteen Achievers from the Bible Teach Us How to Keep Going and How to Finish Well 

And may this be the prayer of our hearts:

Lord, help us focus our hearts and eyes on You. To not be frustrated on when our prayers will be answered and have things done our own way but teach us and give us the strength to be faithful to You no matter how difficult the journey is. Amen.

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