Slow Down, Stop Hurrying!

Isa 40:  (MSG)
31  But those who wait upon GOD get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.

Mar 6: (MSG)
31  Jesus said, “Come off by yourselves; let’s take a break and get a little rest.” For there was constant coming and going. They didn’t even have time to eat.
32  So they got in the boat and went off to a remote place by themselves.

Act 1: (MSG)
4  As they met and ate meals together, he told them that they were on no account to leave Jerusalem but “must wait for what the Father promised: the promise you heard from me.

Maybe it’s my age but I have made some observations about the generation living now.  Everyone rushing about, yet, not really going anywhere.  

We have fast food, microwave ovens, and even popcorn you place in that oven that pops within minutes.

The generation of a family all sitting down together for a meal seems like a distant memory.  Every person in the house on a different schedule with the only contact made between each other is passing them in a hallway or the kitchen grabbing a meal bar.

Sometimes while I am shopping I can grow frustrated watching people staring down at the little palm size thing called a “cell phone”.  Not watching where they are going and at times almost run you over getting to the place they are in a hurry to get.

It seems no one has the time to actually get all the facts of an issue before making an informed decision.  They get there information in bits and pieces and most of it from people that always think like they do.  I sometimes wonder and would like to ask some when is the last time you actually took time to read an actual physical hand held book.

I still have a land line phone, yes, no cell phone.  I tell people if you cannot reach me on the phone or by email, it usually means I am not available.  Just recently I saw a report on television how this generation actually takes their cell phone to bed, waking up intermittlingly through the night to check social media websites.

I have a relative who thought when he applied for a job he should start at the top.  I once told that person, ‘if you start at the top you have a long ways down to fall’.

The same is true among evangelicals in North America.  They want their pastors to have them in and out in one hour.  It has been a long time since I have witnessed an actual altar call where the people of God gather around and pray for one another.

Young ministers and pastors think that if they don’t have large congregations at the beginning of their ministry that they are a failure.

I was one of those young ministers and a good friend told me one time ‘slow down, your ministry will wait for you’.

Those who want to be a lawyer, doctor, or other professional life realize that they will have to spend many years in study, then as a law clerk, or an intern in some rural emergency room.

I now have more years behind me than in front of me.  I have learned a valuable lesson that being, you really never know it all.  Somehow, when were young we have the thought that we have the world by the tail, we know everything there is to know about life.  To that I say, poppycock!

I cannot say how many time I have read the Bible, maybe a certain chapter or verse thinking I have gleaned every thing there is from it.  Yet, somehow every time I take the time to wait on the Lord and read that chapter or verse some new nugget of truth seems to leap from the pages.

Your prayer life is the same, it takes waiting.  Sometimes that means no talking on our part, just quiet listening to what God has to say to our heart.

The upper room experience would have never happened if the disciples and followers of Christ would have hurried just to get to the temple market.

Christ spent the whole night in the garden of Gethemane.

Mar 14:32-34 MSG
32  They came to an area called Gethsemane. Jesus told his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”
33  He took Peter, James, and John with him. He plunged into a sinkhole of dreadful agony.
34  He told them, “I feel bad enough right now to die. Stay here and keep vigil with me.”

He returned some time later only to find the disciples asleep and He asked them couldn’t they have not at least prayed for an hour.

At the turn of the twentieth century a simple prayer meeting turned into one of the greatest revivals that America ever experienced.  It was on a street in Los Angeles called, ‘Azuza’.

The great preacher John Wesley had great meetings, but it started with John Wesley waiting before God.  They asked him why he saw the crowds like they saw during his meetings.  His response, 

“I set myself on fire and people come to watch me burn.”

I am not quick at preparing a sermon, nor I am writing on this blog quickly.  I take time and wait until I know I have something that needs to be said, something that is relevant.  I do not write to receive a paycheck.  I am not trying to profit on preaching the Gospel.

I truly want to say if you want to be a firebrand for God, please, it would behoove you to learn to wait on the Lord.  Waiting is a difficult tool to master.  I truly believe it will take a life time.

So, starting today, slow down, get before the Lord, wait until you are endued with power from on high.

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