Acts 22: 18 “I fell into a trance and saw the Lord speaking to me. “Quick!” he said. “Leave Jerusalem immediately, because the people here will not accept your testimony about me.”
Paul is recollecting when after 3 years he returns to the temple a changed man in order to pray and when he is there he falls into a visionary trance and has another encounter with Christ.
The Lord has urgency in His voice. There are times when God wants us to stay and even to lay our lives down. There are times when He wants us out of danger because He wants to use us for His higher purpose. For Paul it would be to take the gospel to the Gentiles.
I love this word. Quick!
Today I am taking a day off. I am relaxing, going slow. It will satisfy not only me but my advisors who warn me against living in the fast-lane!
But at last I have a word from God that I can use against them: Quick! Speed up! I joke!
But it is interesting that this is actually in God’s spoken vocabulary. He does want us to move quickly at times:
- Solve matters with broken friendships quickly (Matthew 5:25)
- If He tells you to Go with the gospel then Go quickly (Matthew 28:7)
- In these end times quickly reach the poor and the marginalised (Luke 14:21)
- Embrace the prodigals quickly before the accusers get to them (Luke 15:22)
- Be gracious and merciful quickly so you have no time to change your mind (Luke 16:6)
- When the Lord calls you then respond quickly (John 11:29)
- If God opens doors that were shut then get up quickly and move through them (Acts 12:7)
Maybe today you are not going to have a slow day like me but a day when things speed up because you move and respond quickly.