Slow Down

In recent years, I’ve come to learn the value of a good old dictionary. For in its pages are found a king’s ransom worth of knowledge.

In Prov. 19:2 we read “Also it’s not good for a person to be without knowledge. And he who hurries his footsteps errs.” The knowledge we are to learn here is the negative consequences of moving or acting in haste. I found it very interesting that the word hurricane a windstorm of intense severity) precedes the word hurry and the word hurt follows right after it in the dictionary (just a coincidence?)

How many times has our impatient spirit turned a delicate situation into a tropical cyclone leaving behind a host of hurt (injured, damaged, grieved, distressed, and wounded) people!

Its here that one’s inability to wait causes us to err (go astray; to be mistaken and to sin.) Isn’t a shame, when all the dust finally settles to find out, that it was all just a big misunderstanding? If we would of just slowed down a-bit and waited patiently. You see, it’s only in that state of being, that we can see the whole picture, and find a peaceful solution.

James 1:19 “This you know, my beloved, brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.”

My friends, if we must – must open up our big mouths, let us direct our words in manner recommended in Phillippians 4: 6, 7 “Be anxious for NOTHING, but in EVERYTHING by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the PEACE Of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

I believe with all my heart that if we can muster up the courage to apply this solution, we will hear the voice of the Master saying to the storm, “Peace – be still.”

Your friend always in the Journey

Rev. Joe A. Rivera
Pressing On Faith Ministries
Temecula, Ca.

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