I really enjoy reading in the book of James. I have gleaned so much from that book over the years. When Emmy died, it was the words from James 4 that gave us comfort and sparked the desire for “Be Unto Your Name” to serve as “her song.” (Take a moment to listen to the song and watch our tribute to Emily.)
James is full of so much meat, you could literally read it over and over again and find something different each and every time. And so much of what is contained there, I need to hear over and over again. Like this verse:
“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”
Now, mind you, never in my life have I “wanted” to be slow. I ran high hurdles in high school…slow was not a good thing there. I was on the quiz bowl team…slow was not a good thing there. I cook for a family of 7…slow is not a good thing there. I hate to shop…slow is not a good thing there. So, being slow is not really something I have found myself striving toward.
Slow *usually* equals INEFFICIENCY. But, the Lord’s wisdom is not man’s wisdom, so….SLOW IS A GOOD THING (when it comes to anger, that is).
If you take your time with someone…listen to them thoroughly…wait for the right moment to speak…refrain from knee-jerk reactions…THEN, the righteousness of the Lord will be produced. However, just because you were slow, does not mean God’s righteousness will somehow magically become fast! Remember that verse…”WAIT on the Lord” (Ps 27:14a)? Yet another slow word!
So, I have a very simple yet profound question for you today…