Simon & Garfunkel once sang a song which began, ‘Slow down, you move too fast.’ It is timely advice for all. We live in a world where everything is getting faster. Most of us are constantly on the go with the pedal pressed firmly to the floor.
Modern technology may have helped us with such tasks as cleaning and cooking, but it has not made us more calm, just increasingly stressed and frantic. It is not surprising therefore that burn-out is a major problem for many today, including Christians.
Scripture continually tells us to slow down. Proverbs 19:2 says, ‘One who moves too hurriedly misses the way.’ Psalm 46 echoes this message with the instructions to ‘Be still, and know that I am God.’ Hurry is the great enemy of spiritual life. We should learn to eliminate it wherever possible.
The fact is, many well-intentioned believers are walking around burned out and depressed because they won’t take a break. The Lord Jesus, as our example, always made time for rest and renewal.