Most of us are familiar with the fable, the Tortoise and the Hare. The story offers many lessons, not the least of which are the dangers of pride and the rewards of diligence. It's about a proud, but lazy rabbit, and a very determined turtle. The rabbit notices the turtle’s slow pace and arrogantly makes fun of him. The turtle, wise to the rabbit's habits, challenges him to race. The rabbit accepts the challenge and immediately takes an overwhelming lead. He is so confident he will win that he decides to take a nap before he crosses the finish line. Well, you know the rest of the story, because the turtle was diligent in his quest, he won the race. In today's world of increasing disbelief and instant electronic answers, we have become lazy in our pursuit of the truth. Paul the Apostle had something in common with the turtle, they both finished the race with due diligence. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”(2 Tim. 4:7)
We have become satisfied with maybes, could be's and the Kardashians! We believe everything we see or hear on our electronic devices. The instant response has become the instant solution to life's perplexing demands. No longer is the Bible relevant in our 'hurry up and gratify me now' generation. No longer is diligence a requirement in the search for truth. We are not so concerned about who we are or how we got here, but more about music charts and batting averages. We have become arrogant and lazy, much like the rabbit. We are willing to accept anything we hear without thorough investigation. There is a wonderful reward waiting for those finish the race and find the truth. All the promises God has made are at the finish line. “ We desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (He. 6:11-12)
We are the most educated generation to have ever lived. We have explored the universe, sent men to the moon, defeated polio and put cancer on the run. We teach our children that wealth and fame are the pursuits of happiness, yet, we can’t end sorrow and despair. We are proud of our achievements, too proud to acknowledge God, too lazy to find the truth. “Pride is the first step toward destruction. Proud thoughts will lead you to defeat.” (Prov. 16-18) Would you be willing to pursue the truth with a diligent spirit? It’s easy, check your Bible instead of your phone, or read “Beam me up Commander” to start your pursuit of the truth. It's FREE!