Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills
“Are You Too Quick On The Trigger Or Being Led By The Lord?”
A woman had just finished shopping and returned to the car. When she arrived she found four men inside the car. So, immediately she dropped her shopping bags, drew a handgun from her purse and screamed, “I have a gun and I know how to use it! Get out of the car or I’ll shoot!”
The men didn’t wait for a second command, they quickly got out and ran like crazy. The woman, somewhat shaken, then loaded her shopping bags and then got into the car. But no matter how she tried, she just couldn’t get her key into the ignition. Then it finally dawned on her, that her car was parked five spaces away!
Immediately, she loaded her groceries into her own car and then drove straight to the police station to turn herself in. The desk sergeant to whom she told the story nearly fell out of his chair laughing. Then he pointed to the other end of the room, where those four men were there reporting a carjacking by an old woman with thick glasses, curly white hair, less than five feet tall and carrying a large handgun.
She had mistakenly thought the car was hers, but it really belonged to someone else. And fortunately for her, since no one was injured or killed, no charges were filed.
Mistakes, we’ve all made them, hopefully not as foolish or extreme as this one. But whether you realize it or not, you are still a work in progress, for many have learned in life that “haste always makes waste.” So, don’t be too quick to pass judgment or over anxious to make decisions.
Proverbs 19:2 NASB says, “It is not good for a person to be without knowledge, and he who hurries his footsteps errs.”
Too many people are in too big of a rush today and many have suffered greatly because of their lack of knowledge, wisdom or patience under certain situations or in crucial areas. Then, because they’re “too fired up” or too emotional, they end up making mistakes they’ll regret forever.
Instead of having a quiet spirit or keeping a cool head, many have spoken insulting words they’ve later regretted or done things they’ve wish they hadn’t. Our hospitals and even graveyards are filled with those who acted too fast without clearly or reasonably thinking things through.
When your emotions are running high, its becomes too easy for confusion, fear, panic or rage to set in or run its course, affecting your common sense judgment which always results in errors, mistakes, embarrassment, sin and even death.
Many times you would do well at taking a second look as you reconsider the matter. Take time to think, as you also take a deep breath and remember who you are in Christ, and who Christ is in you.
Learning and remembering to be in control will always have a more positive, spiritual and effective result with a better outcome.
THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!