Time is a precious commodity. Once we spend it, we can’t get it back. This passage suggests there is a right and wrong time for doing things. Was Solomon’s wisdom causing him to overthink again? For the most part, I think he’s “spot on.” The problem is, we may not always know what the “right” time is for doing these things.
Thankfully, God’s timing is always perfect. I’ve heard that my whole life, and I’m sure I’ve said it dozens of times to help someone patiently wait. As we read through Solomon’s list of time sensitive aspects of life, I found myself nodding my head in agreement, remembering those times in my own life.
While there are a lot of gems in today’s reading, verse 2 is
the one we’ll reflect on. It says, “Enthusiasm without knowledge is no
good; haste makes mistakes.” Why did I choose this one? I suppose because
I have always been a very enthusiastic person. I can get very caught up in the
excitement of a new product, a new experience, new friends, new assignment,
etc. I often look around and see somber faces when I am bubbling up from inside
wondering, “what’s wrong with them? Why isn’t everyone as animated as I am?”
They are probably better discerners than I am. They are
waiting to get excited until after they do their due diligence and investigate
to gain knowledge. Is this even something worth their time? They want to make
sure their enthusiasm is well-founded. Of course, that just makes sense. When
we hurry and rush into a decision, we are leaving ourselves wide open to make
mistakes and ultimately the wrong decision.
Our last reading was about obeying God and taking the sabbath rest he intends for us. Today’s passage continues to focus on our need to rest in response to God’s provision. He has prepared it for us, so we should gratefully accept and enjoy. If we don’t, we are being disrespectful to God’s wishes. The author says that only those who believe can enter the rest. If we don’t take God up on his offer, are we saying we don’t believe?
If we say, “I don’t have time to rest,” that, too, is pretty lame. I’ve said those words myself, many times. Now as I’m reflecting on this passage, I’m feeling empowered to do better at resting. I’ve asked forgiveness for all the times of rest I’ve missed out on and set aside the feelings of guilt. Telling God we don’t have time for him is exactly what we’re doing when we fail to take his rest. Ouch – are you feeling empowered yet? Continue reading “Hebrews 4:1-11 – Rest is Important”