David Brandt Berg
I was taught in business school, where I learned typing, that accuracy was far more important than speed, that it was more important to get it right. Our teachers taught us that speed will come with practice and that as you continue to type, it will just come automatically. You don’t have to rush or push, just get it right! As you gain in experience and practice, you will naturally gain in speed, but the main thing is to get it right.
“In quietness and confidence shall your strength be” (Isaiah 30:15). “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusteth in Thee” (Isaiah 26:3). There is nothing in the Bible about hurry. The only verse I can ever remember any preachers or anybody using to try to make us rush was, “The king’s business requireth haste.” But for that one scripture in the whole Bible, I think there must be 100 that tell you to go slow, or words to that effect.
Jesus said, “Come unto Me, all ye that are weary and heavy laden. Learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall have rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28–30). So when you get under too much pressure and too much tension, too heavy a burden and too hard a yoke, it’s not God’s fault! It is somebody else’s fault, or your own fault.
Maybe that’s why God created mules and donkeys—as a good lesson. They are plodders. They are very slow, but they have more endurance and can carry heavier loads than horses, and they are the workhorses of the backwoods. They can negotiate trails that horses would kill themselves on and can carry loads for miles that a horse wouldn’t make it on, a race horse especially.
Race horses can spurt for a few rounds around the track and that’s it. They’re extremely high-strung, nervous, and they just are not workhorses, plodders, or load carriers. But pack mules and donkeys are, and they’re as stubborn as they come! You cannot rush them. You have to do it slow and in their time and just plod along, but they do the job and they get there. It’s like the old story of the tortoise and the hare. The tortoise was slow but he got there!
I admit I’m slow. I’ve always been slow. I was slow in school and I’ve always been slow about everything. I like slow driving. I like to do everything slow. If I go fast, I’m not fast enough to think or follow or make sure I’m getting it right, and I’m not thorough enough if I go fast.
My father was the same way, and it used to plague my mother. She couldn’t understand how he could be so slow, but he was thorough, and when it came to Bible teaching and thorough learning of the Scriptures, I actually learned more from my father’s Bible studies in the way of thorough Bible teaching and Bible education than I did from my mother’s fast, inspirational, glowing, emotional messages. I learned a lot from her too, of course; it takes both.
You can have the emotion and you can have the speed; I’ll take the low road and the slow road. You can take the high road and get there first if you want to, if you get there at that rate. I’m going to take the low road and the slow road, and I’m determined to get there one way or the other, no matter how long it takes, and I’m going to get the load there. It’s going to get there and it’s going to be delivered and it’s going to be right!
If you’re speeding so fast and trying to get too much done instead of following the Lord and His guidance and waiting for him, you’re going to be running ahead of Him and possibly crash and crack up—instead of learning how to take it easy and go slow. God is seldom ever in a hurry.
How many times have I told taxi drivers, “Go slow and you live longer. Live fast and you’ll die quicker.” Doctors and health experts have said that pressure and tension are killing people, that many of the diseases and illnesses that they have are either from pressure and tension, or improper diet, and that these things are killing them with heart trouble, nervous trouble, high blood pressure, and God knows what else.
Lord, help us in Jesus’ name to go slow, squeeze and not jerk, to stop, look, and listen. Never to waste time, Lord, but help us to trust You instead of being impatient. Patience obviously indicates plodding along and doing our work persistently and constantly and not wasting time, but not getting fretful and worried and all worked up about it. Impatience is “Speed, hurry, rush, haste, push, pressure, tension!”
Patience shows faith. Impatience shows lack of faith. You don’t think it’s going to do the job unless you hurry and push it and rush it. But if we’ve got the faith, Lord, You’re going to take care of it somehow, and we can afford to be patient and afford to wait and go slow and do it right.
It takes time and a lot of hard work and patience and faith, and waiting for God to lead and do God’s will, and a lot of stopping and just waiting sometimes—just sitting around waiting for God to tell us what to do when we don’t know what to do.
Apparently God is not in any great big hurry. He’d rather do it right than to even get it done. God help us to learn that lesson, in Jesus’ name, amen.
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