We’ve all done it. I know I have. You know — the times where you spoke too soon and immediately wished you could take it back the moment it came out of your mouth…
Or, that day when you made a critical decision when you were tired, didn’t want to be bothered, didn’t feel like talking about it, and didn’t feel like thinking too hard about it. Therefore, you said “yes“only to find out later that it was totally the wrong move. Now, you are still paying the price from that one poor decision.
For me, it was the moments in my past when I kept overriding the little nudge from God or that sense of uneasiness that I should wait and slow down before getting myself entangled in a certain relationship. Fast forward years later, and I found myself in a miserable, dead-end situation.
Haste is defined as acting with excessive speed without insufficient consideration. It can also be defined as something said or done in a hurried or cursory fashion without due deliberation, prayerfulness or forethought.
In the Bible, we find many scriptures that speak of the danger of operating hastily in your daily affairs, here are just a few:
Proverbs 14:29b He that is of a hasty spirit exalteth folly.
Acts 19:36 (AMP) Seeing then that these things cannot be denied, you ought to be quiet (keep yourselves in check) and do nothing rashly.
Prov. 29:20 Do you see a man (or woman!) who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a [self-confident] fool than for him.
Why do we tend to act in haste? Where does this pressure, this intensity to ACT NOW come from? Why do we rush and push all of the time? There are many potential reasons why we sometimes move too quickly but I believe there are two main issues involved when we act or speak rashly without thinking: 1) Impatience (which is rooted in fear) and 2) Stress & Anxiety (from our circumstances).
One of my favorite bible teachers, Joyce Meyer, had a teaching entitled “Why God Why? And When God When?” I have asked those questions many times myself. Why is it taking so long? Why do I have to keep enduring this over and over again? God, when are you going to move in my situation?
Perhaps you too have asked these questions. We get tired of waiting on God for a particular thing to happen and when the opportunity presents itself to do something about it, we make a quick decision to go ahead and do it because we are so READY for a change. We want an immediate, right now solution to our problems and we wanted it yesterday.
The root cause of impatience is fear. We fear that time is going to run out. We fear that we will be behind everyone else. We look at everyone’s highlight reels and photos social media and wonder if our time will ever come. We fear that we have missed God and that we are doing something wrong. We fear that we must jump on every opportunity even if we have a sense of unease about it because everyone else seems to be making progress and we are not. Operating from this place and space of fear, scarcity and lack will cause us to move in haste against our better judgment.
If we really believe in what God says, i.e., if we know His promises to us personally and have a sure and steady certainty in His thoughts and goodness towards us, we will not step out prematurely in a spirit of haste. Instead, we will act prayerfully and move in the spirit of inspired action as we are led to do so, not the spirit of haste. Once we are under the unction of inspired action, we will move as quickly as we need to. Remember, His thoughts towards us are:
- Good, not evil, to give us an expected end (Jer. 29:11);
- He is not a man that he should act or tell a lie (Num. 23:19); and
- His word is forever settled in heaven (Ps. 118:89)
If all of the above scriptures are true, then why should we operate in spirit of impatience, haste and fear?
Stress & Anxiety
Secondly, the sheer stress of life and our daily circumstances will cause us to say and do things that we normally would not do if we were in our right minds, rested up, prayed up and in a good place physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Proper care of self is the foundation of any righteous endeavor. We are responsible to take care of ourselves so that we are not operating at a deficit. We are responsible to make sure we are filled and built up first so that we serve our purpose, our families, our jobs, etc. from a place of overflow instead of overwhelm. Taking care of ourselves increases the chance that everything else in our lives will go well. This means making the daily choice to heal our own lives and take care of ourselves FIRST before trying to fix, help, heal, and deliver other people. It also means to remember that life happens THRU us not TO us. We are responsible for this.
3 Ways to Avoid Operating in a Spirit of Haste
- The Devil Rushes, but God Guides! Slow Down, You’ll Get there Faster… both of these phrases I learned from Author Shannon Tanner. Always be prayerful not impulsive. Take your time and be led by God in all that you do. This requires intentionality and slowing down. Take the time to pray. When you are operating in a spirit of haste, you become a target for the enemy. The enemy of our souls always wants to push us along and keep us in our feelings and flesh so that we cannot be led by the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is gentle and calm, not all rushy and pushy. In Psalm 23: 2-3 we read “He leads me beside the still waters…He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”
- Obtain Wise Counsel. Seek wise counsel through scripture, trusted, wise and reliable people who have results in their lives for what you are believing for and also other books and resources that have wisdom. Your life is too precious and you are responsible to properly steward the life you have been given. We will be held accountable for how we live our lives. Because of this we are compelled to seek wise counsel to make the right decisions. In Proverbs 15:22 (AMP) it states, “Where there is no counsel, purposes are frustrated, but with many counselors they are accomplished.”
- HALT! Remember this acrostic — H.A.L.T. Never make any serious decisions in the spirit of haste, under stressful circumstances when you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired. If you are in any of these states, HALT! Don’t make serious decisions under stress or panic. Making decisions under these circumstances will inevitably create a poor outcome. Remember what Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God” and also Isaiah 30:15, “in returning and rest shall ye be saved in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.”
Beloveds, we cannot afford to operate in a spirit of haste, especially in the treacherous times we are living in. Having a hasty spirit can derail our destiny and purpose. Without the ability to rule our spirit, master our emotions, obtain wise counsel and take care of ourselves, we are prone to function in a perpetual cycle of hastiness, fatigue, and poor decisions. We open ourselves up to the wiles and attacks of the enemy because the spirit of haste diminishes the effectiveness of our spiritual armor.
I encourage you today to slow down and be led by God in all that you do and not let the Spirit of Haste overtake you!
Until Next Time,
Proverbs 25:28 He who has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls.
Proverbs 18:18 He who answers a matter before he hears the facts-it is folly and shame to him.
Proverbs 21:5 The thoughts of the [steadily] diligent tend only to plenteousness, but everyone who is impatient and hasty hastens only to want.
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