Speed Kills — Even on the Highway of Holiness!

By Duane V. Maxey

TEXT: — “He that believeth SHALL NOT MAKE HASTE” (Isaiah 28:16).

Please respond to this message, and tell me: — WERE YOU ABLE TO TAKE TIME TO READ IT ALL?

We are living in the time prophesied by Daniel, when “many shall RUN TO AND FRO, and knowledge shall be increased” (Daniel 12:4). With Man’s technological knowledge increased, everything has been speeded up, and the whole of humanity has been ushered headlong into A MAD RUSH! When would you like that delivered? — YESTERDAY! Reminds me of the words of the RUSHING WHITE RABBIT in the tale of Alice in Wonderland:

“I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date!
No time to say “Hello”, good-bye! I’m late! I’m late! I’m late! . .
I run and then I hop hop hop, I wish that I could fly;
There’s danger if I dare to stop and here’s the reason why:
You see I’m overdue, I’m in a rabbit stew!
Can’t even say “Good-bye”, hello, I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!
No, no, no, no, no, no, no! I’m overdue!
I’m really in a stew! No time to say “Good-bye”, hello!

We may chuckle at the words of the Rushing White Rabbit, but IT IS NO JOKE that VAST MILLIONS TODAY ARE IN A SINFUL, MAD RUSH!

Want to send me an email message, Duane? MAKE IS SHORT AND QUICK! I HAVE NO TIME FOR MORE! What ever happened to?:

Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.”

Oh THAT!? Well, you see that is an old hymn written by William D. Longstaff, way back in 1882, but WE DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THAT NOW! “LONG”staff wrote that back when folks had a “LONG” time for things! — which we no longer have!

Is THAT SO? — Well, below I shall list some verses of Scripture that teach us of of the evils involved with GETTING INTO A SINFUL HASTE. “SPEED KILLS” — YES, “SPEED KILLS” — EVEN ON THE HIGHWAY OF HOLINESS! [PS — I have included 5 more Scriptures for those who are not “in too big of a rush” to read them. — Bro. Duane]

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Some Of Those in a mad rush today:
1) OFTEN MAKE RASH, INCORRECT JUDGMENTS! — “I said in my haste, All men are liars.” If that were so, then Christ would be the only human being in Heaven, for Rev. 21:8 says, “all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

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Some Of Those in a mad rush today:
2) HURRY OUT INTO THE DAY WITHOUT STUDYING GOD’S WORD: — “Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth” (Proverbs 19:2). When heading for a place closer to the cashier in a check-out line, “Please, get out of my way! I’M LATE FOR AN APPOINTMENT! Oh, Sorry, I didn’t see your cane!”

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Some Of Those in a mad rush today:
3) RUN AHEAD OF GOD: — “For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for THE LORD WILL GO BEFORE YOU . .” (Isaiah 52:12). God can’t LEAD US FROM BEHIND, and WILL NOT, even if we think He SHOULD!

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Some Of Those in a mad rush today:
4) ARE QUICK TO ARGUE, DEBATE, AND STRIVE with others: — “Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame” (Prov. 25:8). Even if you think you WON the strife with another, you will be PUT TO SHAME AT THE JUDGMENT, for being “hasty to strive”!

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Some Of Those in a mad rush today:
5) FALSELY EXCUSE THEIR HASTE AS NECESSARY TO SERVE THE KING: — “And David said unto Ahimelech, And is there not here under thine hand spear or sword? for I have neither brought my sword nor my weapons with me, because THE KING’S BUSINESS REQUIRED HASTE” (1 Sam. 21:8). I wonder: — How many “lead-footed” drivers are preachers who excuse their greatly exceeding the speed limit by telling themselves that their ignoring that law is alright because “the King’s business requires haste”!? Also, how many hit the horn if the driver in front of them at a red light does not jerk forward the split-second the light turned green!?

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Some Of Those in a mad rush today:
6) ARE OFTEN VAIN AND DECEITFUL: — “If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit” (Job 31:5). The more vain and deceitful one is, the less likely he or she will be “swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath” (James 1:19), even though “He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but HE THAT IS HASTY OF SPIRIT EXALTETH FOLLY” (Prov. 14:29).

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Many Of Those in a mad rush today:
7) ARE SEEKING TO BE RICH: — Prov. 20:21 — “An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed. Prov 28:20 — “A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.” Prov. 28:22 — He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.”

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PS — If You Are Not In A Mad Rush Today, Please read the 5 following Scriptures:

Proverbs 21:5 — “The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every ONE THAT IS HASTY ONLY TO WANT.”

Proverbs 29:20 — “Seest thou a man that is HASTY IN HIS WORDS? there is more hope of a fool than of him.”

Ecclesiastes 5:2 — “Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be HASTY TO UTTER ANY THING BEFORE GOD: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.”

Ecclesiastes 7:9 — “Be not HASTY IN THY SPIRIT TO BE ANGRY: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.”

Ecclesiastes 8:3 — Be not HASTY TO GO OUT OF HIS [THE KING’S] SIGHT: stand not in an evil thing; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him.

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