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We Need to Learn to slow down!

A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Relent, LORD! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants. Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble. May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children. May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us-- yes, establish the work of our hands.

Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns, so that your male and female servants may rest, as you do. (Ps. 90:4; 12-17- Deu: 5:13-14 NIV)

Because the word of God says that a thousand years are like a day to God, I have a question – why do we find ourselves trying to quickly get things done when Christ was never in a hurry? Also, in the above scripture in Deuteronomy although this was under the law, the Lord stated that we should rest. Not just us, but anyone who may have been working with us or for us. Do we realize that we try to do somethings too quickly? Are we learning to consistently check behind ourselves to find out if we are leaving anything forsaken?

I am a firm believer that doing it fast does not mean that we are doing it efficiently. I also believe that Christ is trying to get us to slow down and consult him. Stop being in a hurry to go to the next thing on our to do list and wait to complete the task the right way the first time. Continuing in our haste to get to the next thing only causes mistakes, some that may be rectified and others that cannot be. Mistakes my beloved can be costly. Carelessness can and has caused unnecessary chaos. That is one of the reasons the pandemic occurred because of someone else’s mistake that caused a ripple effect and infected the entire world.

I can only speak for myself, however, I would rather take my time to complete a task and be sure that I have checked and rechecked to see if it has been done correctly or at least to the best of my ability and that I will not cause others to suffer for my neglect – how about you? Ask yourself the next time you are doing a project in a hurry, will this result, or can it result in causing a problem for myself as well as others because I refuse to slow down? Have I checked to be sure that what I have done is complete? As I am revisiting this message, I am reminded of the condo building in Miami that collapsed. Someone neglected first of all to use the correct building materials to ensure the structure was correct, then someone else neglected to inspect all structures thoroughly and rechecking them because they knew lives would be at stake, and then the made a statement to assure that the building was safe when that statement was erroneous, and list goes on and on. However, because of that many lives where lost and people were homeless. This should be a reminder to each of us that we must be thorough in our assignments. Just because an incident may not happen immediately as it did with that condo, does not mean it will not happen later. After we have completed a project, we should ask the Holy Spirit if we missed something then wait for the answer; trust the God in me, He will answer us.

Our problem is, we do not want to ask, or wait, we desire to do it over, we just want to get it finished especially if it may be a task that is not pleasant and our attitudes and spirit is not right when the assignment is given to us; and that my beloved is not a wise chose, we should desire a heart of wisdom asking for Gods unfailing love and favor, and, we should also be asking for him to establish the work of our hands. Beloved, it is time to slow down – seek the Savior and learn to rest in Him.