When we are about to die so much of life looks different. So much former frenzy seems foolish. When we lie on our deathbed, 99 percent of the jitters of our life look ridiculous.
So why not learn it now? In the words of Isaiah 28:16, “He who believes shall not be in haste.” Trusting in a loving and sovereign God takes the jitters out of life. I have a pastor friend who never seems to be in a hurry but gets gobs of work done. When people are late, he does not waste time pacing the floor. When a fuse blows in the middle of the service, he does not fret and fume. When things don’t go his way at the board meeting, he doesn’t chew his nails off or tense up. You get the distinct impression that he knows something you don’t know, sort of like the person who’s read the book already and knows the outcome.
His secret is Isaiah 28:16, “He who believes shall not be in haste.” Believes what? That God is God, and is always at work for those who trust him. If God is at work for us when people are late and when fuses blow and when board meetings don’t go our way — if God is always at work in everything for our good, then why be in a frenzy? Why get the jitters? Why be in haste?
When Paul says, “The life I live, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me,” he means: “Moment by moment I feel confidence that the love which moved Jesus to the cross for me is also moving him now to work in my circumstances for my good.” That’s why Paul could say, “I have learned in whatever state I am to be content” (Philippians 4:11). He believed in the present power and goodness of God and so he was not in haste — no frenzy, no jitters.
Haste makes waste. Waste of peace. Waste of health. Waste of joy. The Lord is never in haste for he has all things under control. What a steady power should mark His people. We dishonor him by our fretful hurrying. The children of the king do not panic when they lose their keys.
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