In an ironic twist, I find I only have about forty-five minutes to research and write this. I'd hoped for a whole lot more. So as it turns out, I'm rushing—and very much trusting—that God will use this haphazard post in spite of my time crunch.
Thankfully, I had lunch with seven great guys today (don't go crazy on me—they're all married). We ate Pizza Hut pizza (they turned down my healthy carrots and stuck to their breadsticks), and we talked marketing. But before we got started with business, I asked them their thoughts about this question. And boy, were they helpful. One of them reminded me that in Genesis 19:15 two angels urged Lot,
"Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished."
Another guy reminded me that there are certain times we're commanded to be quick, like in James 1:19–20:
Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
Another guy admitted that every morning he has to ask the Lord to help him get things done. His natural bent is to move too slowly, like Gideon.
I'm just the opposite. I have yet to crack the code on hurrying without worrying. And, of course, we know it's not possible to worry AND trust God at the same time.
Truth is, I tend to hurry because I'm trying to control things. Because I want to be somebody. During these times, I'm not believing that God's acceptance of me through Jesus is enough—I want approval from people, too.
How about you? Is your natural tendency to move too fast or too slow? Is there something God's telling you to do that you've been putting off? If so, by all means, hurry and do it. Or do you need to slow down? Has your hurry just been the symptom of a worry-filled heart that's trying to control things?
Let me leave you with one more cool "twist" before I dash off to the store for food for tonight's small group.
Often—like in Psalm 71:12—David cries,
O God, be not far from me; O my God, make haste to help me!
The next time you and I find ourselves in a hurry, we can follow David's example and ask God to hurry to our help. How cool is that?!
Oh, and please don't be satisfied with my hasty attempt at answering such a big question. Here's what the Bible has to say about hurry and haste. Do some study of your own, and let me know what you find!