“He answered and said to Arioch the king’s captain, Why is the decree so hasty from the king? Then Arioch made the thing known to Daniel.”
Haste rarely benefits situations. In fact, most of the time that people are hasty, they hurt the situation that they were hasty in and could have avoided the hurt had they learned to wait until they had the facts about that situation. The phrase, “Haste makes waste,” is a true statement because it often wastes the time we were trying to save, and it hurts the relationship that we didn’t consider in our haste.
Nebuchadnezzar almost hurt his reputation and his desire to learn something because of haste. Nebuchadnezzar had a dream, and he asked a few of his advisors to reveal and interpret the dream. Because these advisors did not reveal his dream in a timely fashion, and because he thought they were just trying to get him to forget about his demand, he ordered all of the “wise men of Babylon” to be killed.
Four of those wise men were Daniel and his three friends. When they came to take these men to have them killed, Daniel answered Arioch wisely when he asked, “Why is the decree so hasty?” Daniel had never heard about the king’s request. Nebuchadnezzar was going to foolishly have people killed who had no knowledge of his demands because of a hasty assumption. It was Daniel’s wisdom to delay the haste that gave Nebuchadnezzar the answer to his dream.
Hasty assumptions are very unwise. Making assumptions itself is foolish because you are making decisions without having all the facts. Adding haste to an assumption is like lighting a fuse to a piece of dynamite; you are about ready to destroy the situation in which you are being hasty. Hasty assumptions hurt you more than they will help. Let me caution you about a couple of areas where you need to be measured in your response.
First, don’t make hasty assumptions about people. Too many people judge someone by their first meeting. There are many layers to a person’s personality that you need to wait until every layer is revealed to learn about that person. Many have made hasty assumptions about a church, pastor, leader, or a new acquaintance to their detriment. Hold your judgment of people until you have had time to get to know them.
Second, don’t make hasty assumptions about what people know. Assuming that people know something will cause you to make foolish judgments about situations that could have been avoided had you taken the time to talk to that person. Many friendships, church situations, and marriages have been damaged greatly because someone made a hasty assumption about what they thought others knew. Never assume you know what others are thinking. Reading into another’s motives is the greatest way to reveal your lack of wisdom. You cannot know the motives of others or what they know until you talk to them. Hastily assuming you know why they did something or what they know will make you look foolish.
Third, don’t make hasty assumptions about situations. You cannot know the whole story of a situation without listening to both sides. Making an assumption about a situation without knowing the situation will always cause you to be wrong. My friend, avoid making assumptions about situations that you think you know, and you will avoid making bad judgment calls that you will later have to apologize about.