Slow down if you can

(Inspired from the devotional, viagra sale nurse Springs in the Valley, seek October 29th)

 

This you know, my beloved brethren, everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow

to anger.  And again I saw that the race does not belong to the swift.

James 1:19, Ecclesiastes 9:11

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            God is never slow from His standpoint, but often He is from ours, because impulsiveness and doing things prematurely are weaknesses that frequently show up when we run at our own pace and not His. In our hurry-ups in this life, we sometimes forget that the Lord lives and moves according to His own schedule which has a timeless and eternal quality to it.  Therefore every detail as to what He does in our lives has this everlastingness in mind.   In response to Him, who is omniscient (all knowing) omnipotence (all powerful) and omnipresent (ever present), we therefore should simply trust in His swiftness in each situation, even if that swiftness seems a bit slow to us at times.

The Holy Spirit through the Scriptures tells us to be swift to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger. (John 1:19)  That is, to be swift to take in what God is telling us, slow to respond to others until we know what He is saying, and very slow with our emotions, especially when they are filled with frustration and anger.

We sometimes miss things God would reveal and give to us had we gone slower, and more at His pace.  But the reality for too many of us is that we like our own pace, and would rather have God speed things up to meet it.  Have we not learned from the past, that God knows exactly what He is doing, and that He understands perfect timing in every situation.

Finally, there is a time for everything in our lives, and that means everything; a time when the things we are so concerned about are ripe and ready for the taking.  But always remember, and don’t forget, that the ripeness of each situation is in God’s hands not ours.

So slow down and let God do what He wants to do in your life and when He wants to do it.

 

            The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

II Peter 3:9