In Praise of Slowness (2 Peter 3:9)

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Many parts of the world seem to be obsessed with speed. The “fast” craze, however, is getting us nowhere – fast.

“The time has come to challenge our obsession with doing everything more quickly,” say Carl Honoré in his book In Praise of Slowness. “Speed is not always the best policy.”

According to the Bible, he’s right. Peter warned that in the last days people would doubt God because it seems He is slow (“slack”) in fulfilling His promise to return. Peter pointed out, however, that this seeming slowness is a good thing. God is actually demonstrating His patience by giving people more time to repent (2 Peter 3:9), and also being true to His character, as in patient or slow to anger (Exodus 34:6).

We too must be slow to become angry – and slow to speak (James 1:19). According to James, “quickness” is reserved for our ears. We’re supposed to be quick to listen. Think about how much trouble we could avoid if we learned to listen – really listen, not just stop talking – before we speak.

In our rush to meet goals and deadlines, let’s remember to speed up our listening and to slow down our tempers and our tongues. – Julie Ackerman Link

Dear heart, let perfect patience be thy goal;

It is the way earth’s noblest soul have trod.

‘Tis just a calm adjustment of the soul

In all things to the perfect will of God. – Hayward

When you’re tempted to lose patience with another, think of how patient God has been with you.

February 8, Vol. 17

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