Slow Down to Speed Up

“Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you. Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.”/Proverbs 4:6-7

“I will teach you wisdom’s ways and lead you in straight paths. When you walk, you won’t be held back; when you run, you won’t stumble. Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go. Guard them, for they are the key to life.”/Proverbs‬ ‭4:11-13‬

I apologize about getting the message out today a little later than usual. I learned a big lesson through it and I pray it’s something that you can apply to your life and bring you closer in your relationship with the Lord. Do you ever get super busy? Ya know, just those days or weeks in life that you are covered in to-do lists, things that have to get done, and you feel like between the things to do and people to see you’re being pulled in 100 different directions. It can be extremely overwhelming.

In my younger years, which you’ll know exactly what I mean, life was easier, we lived care-free, no stress, no worries except what mom was cooking for dinner or if your parents would let you go hang with your friends or not. Life was simple and man it was good. I’ve noticed the older you get, the busier you become, you begin to have responsibilities and things that need your attention. Adult-life so far seems like a never-ending to-do list but what hit me yesterday and this morning really brought it to a head. I would spend so much time trying to get it all done, work as fast as I can so I can get even more done. I found myself listening to the lie the world tells us that how “successful” we are is based on how busy we are. I even thought at times, if I get more done then God would want that right? He wants nothing but good for me so wouldn’t He want me to be successful in life? The big problem I had, I became so obsessed with doing and getting things done I thought were important that I completely overlooked the time I spent with God. So I would find myself getting burnt out trying to accomplish these “important” things, trying to be “successful” by the world’s standards but at the end of the day, barely anything would actually get done, my to-do list would get even bigger, and I’d be overwhelmed with worry and insecurities.

I had so much time to get this God Gold prepared for you but with my focus on conquering what I thought was important, but the most important thing that I actually needed to do, which was spend time with the Lord and serve each of you with this daily encouragement, I didn’t. It’s crazy what happens when we think we need to go as fast as we can to get the most done but we put our time with God, seeking His wisdom and message to us from His Word, talking to Him through prayer, asking what He wants done, what’s important? When we go so fast we tend to run off of our ability then our eyes become cluttered by all this to-do stuff that we can’t even see what direction to go next.

The big lesson I learned is that it’s not about going fast and measuring your success by all the things you accomplish. That route is always going to lead to failure. Sometimes to truly get done what’s important, you have to start with whats important, go to God! I saw this quote from Martin Luther that hits it right on the head!

“I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” 

That sounds crazy right? Why would he spend all that time in prayer if he had so much to do? Sounds foreign right? It’s actually genius!!! That is wisdom working at its finest and the only way to gain wisdom comes from God and God alone. All the running around we do getting spun around in every direction but straight and the price we pay for it internally. None of that has to happen if we just take our days to God, take the to-do’s to God. He says wisdom is the wisest thing you can do and if I would have went to God in His Word first then I would’ve received that truth from God.

So instead of go, go, go, to truly live life in the fullest of ways, to be successful in God’s terms, and being able to discern what is truly most important, we have to slow down to speed up. I love that idea. Slowing down for a second from the busyness and demands we face in life, spending that time with God and making Him the FIRST priority, He shows us how to handle everything we face in our days, all the busyness, all the demands, all the work. To truly speed up and run the race of life faster, you must slow down first and run the race with God. Sounds crazy but look at what God brings to your life, I have nothing else to say but look at what God says to us here in His Word.

I will teach you wisdom’s ways and lead you in straight paths. When you walk, you won’t be held back; when you run, you won’t stumble. Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go. Guard them, for they are the key to life.”/Proverbs‬ ‭4:11-13‬


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