WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH MARRIAGE AND PARENTING?
WHAT CAUSES ME TO LIVE HURRIED/RUSHED?
1 Samuel 13:5-7 (ESV) 5And the Philistines mustered to fight with Israel, thirty thousand chariots and six thousand horsemen and troops like the sand on the seashore in multitude. They came up and encamped in Michmash, to the east of Beth-aven. 6When the men of Israel saw that they were in trouble (for the people were hard pressed), the people hid themselves in caves and in holes and in rocks and in tombs and in cisterns, 7and some Hebrews crossed the fords of the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. Saul was still at Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling.
1 Samuel 13:8-12 (ESV) 8He waited seven days, the time appointed by Samuel. But Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and the people were scattering from him. 9So Saul said, “Bring the burnt offering here to me, and the peace offerings.” And he offered the burnt offering. 10As soon as he had finished offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came. And Saul went out to meet him and greet him. 11Samuel said, “What have you done?” And Saul said, “When I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines had mustered at Michmash, 12I said, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the favor of the LORD.’ So I forced myself, and offered the burnt offering.”
1. FEAR IS A CLOSE FRIEND WITH HURRY.
“HURRY IS NOT JUST A DISORDERED SCHEDULE. HURRY IS A DISORDERED HEART.”1
FEAR OF DISCOMFORT
FEAR OF MISSING OUT (FOMO)
Mark 8:35-36 (ESV) 35For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?
“…IF THE DEVIL CAN’T MAKE YOU BAD HE WILL MAKE YOU BUSY.”2
2. FEAR DRIVES US TO TAKE CONTROL.
1 Samuel 13:8-12 (ESV) 8He waited seven days, the time appointed by Samuel. But Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and the people were scattering from him. 9So Saul said, “Bring the burnt offering here to me, and the peace offerings.” And he offered the burnt offering.
3. THE RESULTS OF LIVING A HURRIED LIFE ARE NEVER GOOD. (See Psalm 46:10 and Matthew 11:28-30)
1. Want to test and see if you are living a hurried life? At least three times this week, try this:
Passages to consider: Psalm 46:10; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Matthew 11:28-30 What from the sermon was meaningful to you?
EXTRA: Try one of these. 1) Take 10-15 minutes to be still and quiet with no electronics or distractions 1-3 times this week. 2) Take a time audit—be aware how you are spending your time. 3) Try a new rhythm or routine that supports the health of your family and relationships.