On January 28, 1986, after five weather-related delays, the space shuttle Challenger lumbered heavenward amid a thunderous overture of noise and flame. A mere 73 seconds later, system failure tore the shuttle apart, and all seven crewmembers perished.
The disaster was attributed to an O-ring seal known to have vulnerabilities. Insiders referred to the fatal mistake as “go-fever” – the tendency to ignore vital precautions in the rush to a grand goal.
Be still before the Lord abd wait patiently for him. Psalm 37:7
Our ambitious human nature relentlessly tempts us to make ill-advised choices. Yet we are also prone to a fear that can make us overly cautious. The ancient Israelites demonstrated both traits. When the 12 scouts returned from spying out the Promised Land, 10 of the 12 saw only the obstacles (Num. 13:26-33). “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are,” they said.
After a fearful rebellion against the Lord that led to the death of the 10 spies, the people suddenly developed a case of “go-fever.” They said, “Now we are ready to go up to the land the Lord promised” (Num 14:40). Without God, the ill-timed invasion failed miserably (Num 14:41-45).
When we take our eyes off the Lord, we’ll slide into one of two extremes. We’ll impatiently rush ahead without Him, or we’ll cower and complain in fear. Focusing on Him brings courage tempered with His wisdom.
A moment of patience can prevent a great disaster.
Before making a quick decision, consider why you want to make it quickly. Consider if it will honour God and what it might cost others. If yiu are afraid to make a decision, think about why that might be. Most of all, PRAY!
Culled from Our Daily Bread, written by Tim Gustafson.