Hurry Up!

Stressed business man rushing in the officeSo he gathered the priests and Levites and said, “Go out to the cities of Judah and collect money from all Israel to repair the temple of your God as needed year by year, and do it quickly.” However, the Levites did not hurry. (2 Chronicles 24:5)

Sometimes people aren’t in the hurry we wish they were. We see urgency, and we think we convey it with passion so that they’ll catch on, but they don’t.

The opposite happens, too. People move faster than we want, even though we might warn them of the dangers of hurrying and the benefits of patience.

Not that we are always right, but when we believe we’re getting clear instruction from God, we want to follow Him well and want to encourage others to do the same.

Let’s be careful. Let’s set a good example of following God well, but let’s remember that everyone is accountable to God, and He moves in different lives in different ways and timing. We can trust Him. We’re not in control, and that’s a good thing.

A Careful Faith

d8d8a05afdb7b54cb5899108361322acCarefully observe the commands of the Lord your God, the decrees and statutes He has commanded you.(Deuteronomy 6:17)

We can easily become content to simply satisfy God’s commands. We make it more about satisfying a legalistic list instead of satisfying a loving, pursuant, patient God.

Observing His commands is not enough. We must carefully observe them. (Some translations use the word diligently.) That means we cannot check them off our lists. We be vigilant and humble, always learning, growing, and changing. We don’t place a memorial stone where we’ve experienced God, then camp under it for the rest of our lives. We mark the moment and move on to experience more moments, and God generously changes us through the journey.

A careful faith isn’t safe and sedentary. It is bold and courageous. Faith emulates God, so when we authentically seek Him, we reflect and become more like Him along the way.

Why We Study God’s Word

Why do we do what we do? What’s our motivation?

We can study God’s Word to find self-help, cherry-picking what we think most helps and affirms us.

We can study God’s Word to check it off our legalistic faith checklist.

We can study God’s Word to alleviate our guilt or build our credibility.

We can study God’s Word for ammunition for what we what to prove or disprove.

Or we can study God’s Word to pursue God.

After all, His Word is a lot more about Him than us. He gifts us and reveals Himself through His Word.

Summer Scriptures Series: Revelation


Then the One seated on the throne said, “Look! I am making everything new.” He also said, “Write, because these words are faithful and true.” And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give water as a gift to the thirsty from the spring of life. (Revelation 21:5-6)

Today’s Challenge: Live today as a beginning. Live today as an end. Appreciate God’s gift. He nourishes you with His truth. Know Him well.

Summer Scriptures Series: Jude


Have mercy on those who doubt. (Jude 22)

How merciful are you with people who doubt, question, and analyze?

Today’s Challenge: Listen well. Engage in uncomfortable situations. Trust God to guide the conversation and each person’s heart. You don’t have to resolve everything. He know His eternal timing.

Summer Scriptures Series: 3 John


I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are walking in the truth. (3 John 4)

What is your greatest joy?

What are you willing to sacrifice to experience it? What are you willing to do for it?

What conditions or timeline do you place on the results you expect to accompany your joy?

Today’s Challenge: Give God control in the big and little things today. Choose Him instead of trying to figure out, manage, even manipulate the details. He is in charge. You are not. Follow Him well. Honor Him. Seek joy, not control.

Summer Scriptures Series: 2 John


And this is love: that we walk according to His commands. This is the command as you have heard it from the beginning: you must walk in love. (2 John 1:6)

How have you experienced love and obedience going hand in hand?

Today’s Challenge: Which do you tend to lean into more often: love or obedience? Intentionally link the two today. They are inseparable. Refuse to untangle them.