Quite possibly the average American consumer enjoys the fastest, most convenient lifestyle that has ever existed.  King Solomon might want to debate this because he stated that he had amassed silver and gold and became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me” (Ecc 2:4-9). Even though he could command it and it would happen, no doubt sometimes it took a while. 

Today’s consumer can get fast food in minutes and get products overnight from Amazon via FedEx or drone.  Instant gratification is very nearly a reality.  On-demand is the order of the day for entertainment.  Ironically, the more one hurries, the more apt he is to worry.

The more we inculcate hurry into our spiritual life, the less satisfying it becomes.  God instituted a day of rest (Gen 2:1-3) for the good of His creation.  We really need to “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him…” (Ps 37:7) and “Be still and know that I am God…” (Psa 46:10).

God has so much to tell us in each verse of the Bible that we need to meditate upon and re-read them.  Surely the Holy Spirit inspired the scriptures of the early Apostles during the long journeys by land and sea.  Can anyone imagine writing “War and Peace” or composing a beautiful symphony in a hurry?

I still like an old song that said, “You can’t hurry love, you just have to wait…”  Someone else once said that one falls in lust but grows in love.  For Christians agape love progresses from milk to meat over time (1 Cor 3:2) (Heb 5:12).  “We are BEING TRANSFORMED into His (Christ’s) likeness with ever-increasing glory…” (2 Cor 3:18).

Hurry deserves to be put on the back burner for such a wonderful goal.

-Jim Bailey