A Time to rush, a Time to Wait

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

When 18th century poet, Alexander Pope, coined that phrase it was in a poem chastising the literary critics of his day, but the words have some contemporary applications, as well.

Often when we see friends or loved ones in difficulties, we want to rush in and rescue them. Although well meaning, it can be a foolish thing to do. The reason is found in the second half of Pope’s phrase.

Why should angels fear to go anywhere? They are God’s messengers, after all.  Angels serve God obediently, so they would only fear to go somewhere against His wishes. 

Why might it be against God’s will for us to help dear ones who are struggling? We are told to love and care for one another, right?

However, human beings grow strong through overcoming adversity. If we are never tested, we become weak. This is true spiritually, as well as physically.

My brothers and sisters, consider it nothing but joy when you fall into all sorts of trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect effect, so that you will be perfect and complete, not deficient in anything.

James 1:2-4

By rushing in to rescue our friends or loved ones, we may be depriving them of an opportunity to grow, maybe even keeping them from a stronger reliance on the Lord.

It isn’t easy to stand by and watch the people we care about suffer or make unwise decisions, but sometimes we must trust in God’s love for them, and for us, and allow them room to mature.

Does that mean always standing idly by when we see disaster ahead for our loved ones? Of course not, but it does mean that before rushing into a situation we must seek God’s will and wisdom to know what and how much to do.

About Jonna Hawker Turek

I write Christian fiction under my maiden name, J.B. Hawker.
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