I was on the highway, speeding about seven miles over the posted limit. All of a sudden, the Holy Spirit asked me, “If Jesus came back right now, would you go to Heaven?” I looked around at other cars shooting past me, and I briefly thought about how often people, and I, speed. I responded, “Everybody speeds. I don’t think I’d go to Hell … just for speeding.”
Immediately, the Holy Spirit said something that blasted my previous thought into a million pieces. He said, “You’re doing wrong. You know you're doing wrong, and you're intentionally doing wrong. Would you go to Heaven if Jesus came back right now?” I was stunned and enlightened, all in the same moment. I applied my brakes and set my cruise control to the posted speed limit, and have done so for years.
Why do we speed? What’s our big hurry?
Acts 1:6-7 (KJV) -- 6) "When they therefore were come together, they asked of Him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7) And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power."
The disciples asked Jesus if this was the time that He was going to use His power to restore the kingdom to Israel, from the Roman seizure. The response Jesus gave is a clear indication of what He would rather focus on, based on the way they posed their question.
We are so concerned about time catching up with us that it has caused undue stress, chronic worry and many other maladies of the heart, soul and spirit. If we would take the words of Jesus in the verse mentioned above and apply them to our lives, we would then trust God wholeheartedly, knowing that time is in His power, His control.
When we are confident in God, we set our lives on cruise control. Even though we’d love to arrive at our destination sooner, God’s timing is always best. While cruising in God’s comforting control of our lives, we cease worrying and being at all concerned about time. What a joy it is to rest during our life’s travels, instead of being anxious and afraid of possible undesirables.
I remember watching a preview for an upcoming movie, and the narrator said, “A man in a hurry fears time.” We are a microwave generation. We want the best for less, and that includes wanting great results in a short period. We need to stop expecting God to grant our expectations that derive from our fears and apprehensions. Faith, not fear, pleases God. He is not pleased to act if the proof of our faith in Him is nonexistent during a situation.
We all need help relinquishing and abandoning our ineffective desire to control time. When we ask the Holy Spirit to set our lives to the speed of God’s will, we should immediately decide to trust God unwaveringly, even if the outlook is bleak. We don’t live by sight anyway. We live by faith. (Hebrews 10:38) The only response any situation should receive from us is faith in God.
We must stop running ahead of God, asking Him to back our wills. He is God, and He is not interested in cosigning our will. We must take our time and walk, not run, with God. We should humble ourselves and walk with Him at the pace of His will and timing for our lives.
People who trust, don’t worry, and people who worry, don’t trust. Decide to trust God and His timing ... period. Worry nor fear should ever be attributes that describe who we are. Let the Holy Spirit set your life’s cruise control, and refuse to worry, trusting that whatever you fear has already been taken care of by God.