The degree of slowness is directionally proportional to the intensity of memory. The degree of speed is directionally proportional to the intensity of forgetting. ~ Milan Kundera
There are some things in life which are ok to speed through. Things like a boring lunch with a relative you don’t care for, or clipping toe nails or a shower when you’re running late or the grocery aisle that has 3 screaming kids racing to and fro. Things like this often demand speed. However, other things…not so much. S-L-O-W is best. Like…cuddling with your sweetheart or savoring a delicious meal or indulging in chocolate…yes chocolate!
We’ve all heard of the “read your bible through in a year” plan. While doing some research I found someone who read the entire Bible through in three weeks, another was the “40 day plan”. Which left me with the question…Why? What’s the point? This is like finding yourself in need of a cardiologist for open heart surgery and as you go through their credentials being careful to select the one with the least comprehensive training.
If we don’t take the time to actually study the Word of God, to dig deep, research its meaning, learn how to apply the text to our every day life then what’s the purpose? There have been times when I have spent days on a single word researching the meaning, application and variances of use throughout the Scripture and weeks on a single verse…researching everything from context to the culture of the Biblical times in which it was written, from the history/experience of the person writing it to the ultimate purpose of why it was included.
The goal is not to be quick but thorough. We don’t need to speed through it…we need to understand it.
1 Timothy 4:13(KJV) Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
In the Greek Lexicon the word for “attendance” means to “give attention to, take heed”.
2 Timothy 3:16-17(ESV) All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
We need to stay focused on the fact that this IS the Word of God. It is divinely inspired, spiritually discerned and contains the breath of God. It was given to us for a purpose.
Remember…We live in treacherous times. It is wise to navigate slowly.