Devotion: An Unhurried God

“God is never in a hurry.”

Perhaps it is because I am now on the backside of the 40@40 goal to move from attaining to being more attuned (read here & here), but I was struck by this quote from Dale Ralph Davis.

Many of us want what I call Redbull Religion; it’s religion on steroids.

We gather Sunday morning to get pumped up for the week. We want to be “fired up” for facing our Goliaths, the lion’s den, the firery furnace. We want the boldness and courage to step out of the boat and walk on water, to run the race, to beat our bodies…

However, the reality is that much of our faith is lived in the tediousness of the ordinary and everyday-ness.

We have been reading through the book of Genesis, and I have been most struck by the years that the Bible goes silent. Abraham was promised greatness and a child at age 75. At 86, he and Sarah try to manufacture that blessing through Ishmael, and it is another 14 years until Sarah becomes pregnant with Isaac. 25 years from promise to fulfillment.

God is not in a hurry–but I am.

What do we do with the unhurriedness of God?

Dale Ralph Davis writes,, “Great swatches of the covenant life are like that. It consists of grocery stores and oil changes, of taking inventory and standing at copy machines, of getting allergy shots and going for music lessons and pulling cassoroles out of the oven. Which springs the question: Can you stand the ordinariness of the Christian life?…Can [you] be content with placing one foot in front of the other in the daily round?”

It is in the ordinariness of life where we learn to depend upon the Lord. We want a hurried God; but we worship an unhurried God.

Redbull Religion may fire you up for a moment, but it will not sustain. In the big moments of life, we need God. We almost don’t have a choice but to turn to God and trust in Him. But, the slow, steady call of Christian discipleship is the daily dependence upon the Lord in the most mundane moments. This is true faith. This requires that we choose to believe and follow, not because we have to, but because we want to.

So how can you seek God while folding the laundry, pouring the coffee, filing the reports, and driving carpool?

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