Slow Down!  by: Steven Kirkham

"Do not run until your feet are bare and your throat is dry.
But you said, 'It's no use! I love foreign gods,and I must go after them.'"(Jeremiah 2:25)

"The world is rushing ahead to it's own destruction" reads a recent headline. The criticism of careless living it the point of the author.

"Financial markets race past 20,000," reads another article. The amazement and concern for unbridled activity is the point being made.

When things move quickly, and when we get caught up in busyness, there is a mix of both excitement and concern. Excitement comes from the prospect of being part of something unique or big, and concern accompanies it due to the instability and potential lack of wisdom in the situation.

People, while frequently willing and content with a fast pace, are not built for it. The Bible frequently tells us to "wait on the Lord." But as we reflect on our lives each Sabbath, we oftentimes are moving too fast. It is worth considering seriously.

The Bible never says, "Run!" Jesus never commands us to, "Hurry!" Yet we find ourselves too often doing so and wondering, "What is happening with me? How much longer can I maintain this pace?" Such is the time to stop and pray.

A regular practice of Sabbath is a statement of belief that constant activity is not necessary on your part: God can handle the world without your help. A regular practice of prayer is much the same: You need to hear from God instead of assuming your are making wise decisions through your own reasoning. A regular practice of giving is a third statement of acknowledgement: I am not going to assume to provide my own security through acquisition of material wealth.

In all things, we need to allow God to direct, and in our limited state, we need to often slow down, rest in the Sabbath, pray and not not chase the world hoping for satisfaction.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:29)

Practice slowing down, regardless how impractical. It is always more practical to be well-advised of God than to proceed on in foolishness.

Steven Kirkham