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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“I made haste, and did not delay to keep Your commandments.”—Psalm 119:60 (NKJV)
Haste . . . What a word. There are plenty of things that, when done with haste, are beneficial. But, in a fast-paced and results-driven society, rarely has my haste produced anything truly life-giving. Before haste makes its way into our schedules, though, it makes its way into our thought life.
Each of us have the temptation to respond with haste to things that slowly destroy us from the inside out—frustration, fear, anxiety, anger, hurt, control, pride, sin . . . the list goes on. Each time I hastily respond to any of these before responding to the Spirit of God, something within me begins to falter.
In Psalm 119, David mentions a haste that wouldn’t leave him broken. He mentions the haste of obedience: “I made haste, and did not delay to keep Your commandments.”
It saddens my soul that I more quickly respond to fear and control than the Spirit of God. Responding quickly to these things leaves me feeling bound, alone, and ironically enough, out of control. This haste the Psalmist mentions is something we must deeply consider. How quickly do we respond to inward obedience? We may not see our haste toward fear, anxiety, and pride as sin, but it is. When we choose any of these first, we’re simultaneously choosing to shove our trust and hope in the Lord to the side—we’re choosing to place ourselves in control. We’re choosing self-sufficiency.
As people chosen by God and for God, our own thought life is not up to us to manage alone. We must take our thoughts captive, making each and every thought obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5), meaning we must strive daily to give Him control of our thought life! But it’s not a power trip, He isn’t in this to take over and tyrannically call the shots. The more hastily we respond to the Spirit’s gentle call, the less we will have to deal with the pain that sin inflicts. That’s His promise.
While this does require active effort, recognizing the self-sufficient thoughts running through our mind and laying them honestly and humbly at the feet of Jesus pays off. Rather than feeling the need to hurry, you begin to feel free. His yoke is easy, and His burden is light. He promises to bring us comfort and relief when we rely on Him.
So, what are you hasting toward today?
DIG: Read Psalm 119:57–64, and Matthew 11:28–30.
DISCOVER: Set apart an hour for self-reflection. Schedule it in as though you’re getting coffee with a friend . . . but in this case the friend is you. Ask the Lord to shine light on the places in your mind that have gone dark.
DISPLAY: The only way to live at peace with God is with open hands. If we’re clenching our fists claiming our way, we cannot receive the blessings of His way. Choose to open your hands today, palms up while you pray. Ask for His will to be made clear, for the ability to lay down any form of internal sin, and to receive the blessing of peace in your thought life.