Wait Just A Second
Posted: Wednesday, July 11
1 Chronicles 11:1-12:18
Verse of the Day:
“Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes.” (Proverbs 19:2 NLT)
Do you remember what it was like to be a kid? Always in a hurry to get somewhere and to do something. You seemed to have so much energy that you would burst if you had to sit still for just a few moments. You always found yourself bouncing from one thing to another and if you ever had to wait for something you really wanted, the clock would move so slowly.
If your parents where anything like mine then you also had chores. Daily and weekly tasks that had to be done before any fun could be had: dusting, vacuuming, dishes, trash, mowing the yard, and the dreaded pulling of weeds. Each chore stood like a mountain in the way of what I really wanted to do. Each chore seemed to take an eternity to complete, all while my fun time was slipping away. I can remember rushing as fast as I could through those chores so I could get on with the rest of my day. I can also remember being called back into the house to “do it right.” I would waist even more time having to redo the same chores because in my haste I had not done a very good job the first time.
Today’s verse encourages us to make sure that we are balancing getting the job done, with getting it done right. Some things don’t need speed. Sometimes we need to slow things down and make sure we know how to do a task, so that it is done correctly. Sometimes when we move fast, we may miss something that is vital.
Our personal discipleship is one place where speed can kill. Many try to race through their daily bible reading to put a check mark on the calendar, but they don’t take the time to truly meditate on the words that are racing through their head. We have may have a great desire to check this off of our To Do list, but before we do, we need to slow down and let the impact of the words of God sink into our lives. We need to soak in the living water and allow it to penetrate our thoughts so that knowledge can increase.
Are you reading today’s devotion to receive a check mark or knowledge? Take the time to truly read today’s verse and meditate on how you can apply this verse to your life. Take the time to pray about areas of shortcoming that God would bring up, so that you can begin the process of change.