What Is Your Hurry??

I love teaching our ladies class. We are studying in the book of Nehemiah. As I was making notes, Ezra was reading and teaching the Israelites the Word of God. They listened to Ezra for 3 or 4 hours because they thirsted for the Word. It really got me to thinking about things I have witnessed while attending services today. Why is time always an issue? Why does time really matter?

As I was reading Nehemiah chapter 8, I thought how wonderful if people did this today. Read with me verses 2-3. “So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly of men and women and all who could hear with understanding on the first day of the seventh month. Then he read from it in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law.” They wanted to hear and learn, time was not an issue.

Can you imagine people telling Ezra he was preaching too long? I have heard it said, “well, after about 20 minutes and I just cannot retain anymore”. I don’t understand that statement because people will sit at a concert, a play, sporting events, a long movie etc. and I am sure they retain what is going on then. You get out what you put in. With that said, it’s not a time problem, but a heart problem.

According to a recent poll, the most frequent preaching length is 15 to 20 minutes. If that is true, is this a telling indicator about the spiritual shallowness of churches today? Many churches have already done away with their evening services and if the popular trend is to reduce the sermon time on a Sunday morning, our generation is receiving less than half of the biblical teaching our ancestors received. That’s eye opening!

It’s sad really, when I think about it. It’s sad that giving God a couple hours on Sunday is an inconvenience to some. I have had people walk out on my husbands sermons because he was “long-winded”. I guess I will never understand it. Just my opinion, but it’s disrespectful to the preacher, and most importantly is disrespectful to God. What kind of example are you setting to those around you?

If you find yourself wishing the sermons are over sooner, I pray you examine your priorities and your heart. God’s Word whether preached 10 minutes or 50 minutes, is a blessing. Give your time and attention no matter how long the sermon is. Remember those in Nehemiah’s time. They were blessed and humbled to hear the Word spoken. So I ask again, what’s your hurry?

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