In fact, I would say that this last characteristic of ‘speed over accuracy’ has been creeping into our generations from Gen X.
Reference: v.4 And though the Lord has sent all his servants the prophets to you again and again, you have not listened or paid any attention. (NIV Bible)
Explore: Each generation, since those born in 1925, have been given a title. Those born between 1925-1945 are called the Silent Generation. Due to them growing up during the Great Depression they seem to be hard working and economically focussed. Those born between 1946-1964 are the Baby Boomers. Due to their parents wanting them to have a better life they view themselves as important and open to new experiences. Those born between 1965-1979 are Generation X. They tend to be cynical, career-oriented and self-reliant. Those born between 1980-1994 are Generation Y. This generation desire to be famous, they’re unchurched, apathetic but relationship focussed. And finally those born from 1995 until the current day are called Generation Z. Due to the advances in technology this generation have greater wealth at a younger age, they are multi-taskers, educated and emphasize speed rather than accuracy. In fact, I would say that this last characteristic of ‘speed over accuracy’ has been creeping into our generations from Gen X. I can remember when my parents bought their first microwave and so I have anticipated speed ever since. This idea of having everything instantly has just increased as the time has gone past. Nowadays three seconds is too long to wait for something to appear on our computer screens so we head off to buy more RAM for more instant results.
Explore: While the whole idea of things happening instantly is exciting to think where we will go next, it also has a negative side. There are some things in our lives that take time and many of us need to start acquiring more patience. In fact, if God prioritized ‘speed over accuracy’ I think there would have been a lot more Noah’s Ark experiences. There are times when people have been so slow to learn and trust in God that it would have been quicker to just wipe us all out and start again. But that’s not what God has done. He has been patient, understanding and gracious. He has persevered again and again and again to connect with us humans. He persisted with many servants and prophets to the people of Judah and yet they still did not listen. And I believe that God is just as persistent with us today. The great thing about technology is that we have a whole new way of learning about God and connecting with Him but it takes longer than a quick download. Learning how to follow God is a lifetime project; it’s not an instant microwave situation.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for Your patience. I know that I’m often slow to understand and slow to fully trust in You. I praise You because you do not prioritize ‘speed over accuracy’. Amen.
In what area of your life are you prioritizing speed over accuracy? Where in your life do you need to slow down?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.