Haste Makes Waste


Devotion: “Jonathan, Saul’s son, had a son who was lame in his feet.  He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel; and his nurse took him up and fled.  And it happened, as she made haste to flee, that he fell and became lame.  His name was Mephibosheth.”  2 Samuel 4:4  

There is much wisdom in this old idiom; “Haste makes waste.” Webster’s dictionary states that doing something too quickly causes mistakes that result in time, effort, materials, etc., being wasted.  How many times have you had to live out the consequences of doing something too quickly? i.e. burning the beans, hitting your hand with the hammer, spilling the paint, grabbing the curtain with the vacuum.  You get the idea.

     There are times when doing things in haste can          compromise your safety or the safety of someone else.

Mephiboshethe’s demise came at the hands of his nurse.  She dropped him, rendering him lame for the rest of his life. Mephibosheth was Jonathan’s son.  Why was she in such a hurry?  There had been a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. King Saul was Jonathan’s daddy. Mephibosheth’s nurse had reason to flee in haste; however, she compromised the five year old boy’s life.

       Mephibosheth would never be able to run again.

Chapter 3 of 2 Samuel tells us; “David grew stronger and stronger and the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.”  The transfer of the kingdom from the house of Saul to the throne of David over Israel had not yet taken place.  David was called and chosen by God to be king.  Nothing can stop what God has ordained.

I’m certain Mephibosheth’s nurse didn’t intend to fall with him. When she began to run; she may have feared for her life; as well as the life of this child.

Before we make haste; we must examine the possible outcomes.  There are some who are experts at multi-tasking. That’s a good thing. Right?  I once saw a woman walking a dog, reading her newspaper and smoking a cigarette all at the same time.  That was a disaster waiting to happen.  Today; I see people driving and texting, while eating their breakfast.  That too can compromise the safety of all who are on the same road with them.

Horrific mistakes have been made as someone hurriedly entered numbers to measure a building.  Bank accounts have been compromised as a teller inadvertently left out a zero.  As a rule, we need to:

        slow down and do things with precision.  

1 Corinthians 14:40 says: Let all things be done decently and in order.

My dear reader:  Take a deep breath and go do the next thing.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord Jesus, help me to do things Your way. I long to obey Your mandate; to do all things decently and in order.  Train me Lord to listen to Your voice.  Thank You Jesus!  It’s in Your Name I offer up this prayer.  Amen


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