Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Daily Devotion: Hasty People

Bible Reading: Proverbs 21:1-10

Key Verse: Verse 5 – “The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.

Key Words: every one that is hasty only to want

We are often forced into hasty decisions; and while I know that on occasion haste is necessary, I do remember that haste makes waste.

Robert Schuller records the following incident.

I remember one winter my dad needed firewood, and he found a dead tree and sawed it down. In the spring, to his dismay, new shoots sprouted around the trunk. He said, "I thought sure it was dead. The leaves had all dropped in the wintertime. It was so cold that twigs snapped as if there were no life left in the old tree. But now I see that there was still life at the taproot." He looked at me and said, "Bob, don't forget this important lesson. Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst mood. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come."

In other words, don’t rush to make a decision. When I’m pressed into making a decision quickly, my answer is always “no.” There have been times I regretted saying no, but most of the time the refusal to make other decisions was a wise one. Haste can make waste.

What to do:
✞ Be cautious with hasty decisions.

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