Haste Makes Waste
September 27, 2009
"Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste." (Isaiah 28:16)
This is one of the great Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament, promising a Savior who would be the sure foundation of the eternal temple of God; yet it was 700 years before the promise was fulfilled. God did not "make haste," but His promise, nevertheless, was sure. No doubt many believing Jews wondered why it was taking so long, but in the "fulness of the time" (Galatians 4:4), Christ came.
It is so easy to rush ahead of God instead of waiting for His leading. With good intentions and admirable zeal, Christians plan great programs, establish new organizations, promote legislation, and become involved in a thousand-and-one good activities, all in the name of Christ and His kingdom. Such activism is urgent, they believe, because the time is short. The Communists are coming; nuclear war is coming; maybe even Christ is coming; and we must hurry.
But the Scripture says: "Therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him" (Isaiah 30:18).
We must not fail to follow when He really leads through His Word, but all too often undue haste results in confusion and collapse. When our text is quoted by Peter (1 Peter 2:6), the phrase "make haste" is rendered by "be confounded," or "be ashamed." It is not honoring to God for Christian projects and activities to "be confounded," so Christian believers must be careful not to "make haste." "Wait, I say, on the LORD" (Psalm 27:14). HMM
h/t: Henry M. Morris, Institute For Creation Research
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Romans 10:8b-10: "'The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart'-that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes,resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation." NASB
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Sept. 11, 2001 A day to remember. A time to forgive. A time to pray for those who lost loved ones. I don't care what the left says about G.W. Bush...God gave the man the ability to protect us from terrorism for nearly 8 years. Now we should be afraid of very real threats from within. God bless America.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
"You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Adrian Rogers, 1931
Adrian Rogers, 1931