I am type A. I always need a plan. I like to make informed decisions, but to do so quickly. Making choices in life can be overwhelming. When new information comes my way, I usually feel rushed and pressured into choosing a direction.
A couple of moments like that struck me earlier this week, and I was reminded of something my Mom said when I was a teenager: “Satan rushes, God leads.”
That overwhelming and chaotic pressure that rushes us into decisions is not of God. He doesn’t lead by chaos, but by wisdom and peace. Scripture professes God as the One with perfect timing and direction in all our ways:
“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. (2 Peter 3:8-9)”
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. (Proverbs 16:9)”
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)”
So when I feel overwhelmed by the options and the need to make a choice, I have the freedom to breathe. To take a step back and think. To pray.
The One I’m following isn’t rushing me into chaos, but leading me in peace. He opens the doors and directs my steps. His peace guards my mind. He’s not the One calling me to run until I drop or to hustle – He is the One calling me to slow down, abide, rest in Him.
Rushing and vain striving are not of the LORD, and therefore I will resist. His ways are better.