Everything is quick quick quick….even my favorite encyclopedia, Wikipedia, comes from the Hawaiian word for quick. Last night, in the middle of the night, around 3 AM I woke up and my brain was racing. I was mad, really mad and I was ‘yelling’ in the quiet of my mind at a group of people. Sounds like a bad dream right? But no, I am really mad at those folks and apparently I was dreaming about it.
Oddly enough I quoted a verse to the group as a half apology for raking them over the coals. It was, “for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:20)
That is only half of the sentence. The whole sentence is about patience, well in this case, about being slow. It says, “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” (James 1:19-20) So quick quick quick really ought to be quick slow slow.
My meditations on Scripture over the past couple of weeks have included Galatians 5:22-23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
The fourth one in is patience, and after my dream yell, for me it means being slow to speak and slow to anger..