Americans are very impatient people, myself included. For the last few generations we have become very spoiled compared to the rest of the world. When we want something we usually go purchase it, whether we can afford it or not. This is one reason why many American families are only one weeks paycheck away from bankruptcy.
Don’t Lose Patience, Rest In Him !!!!!!
This type of mentality has spilled over into our spiritual lives as well. We want to be spiritual giants within months after the Lord saves us. We look for our super speedy spiritual growth to come from the best new teachings and insights, and attending great conferences and supercharged meetings; we read all of the Christian self-help books that hopefully will transform us into a brand new person that is useful to God.
When we learn that our sanctification doesn’t happen suddenly, but over a life-time, we sometimes become discouraged. I love to read of the many biblical characters that suffered from the same malady we do, and the way that God brought them from new born babes to mature spiritual patriarchs and kings and apostles.
Moses spent 40 years wandering in the desert with a rebellious nation wishing he wasn’t their leader. David spent years in the Judean hills fleeing King Saul before he was anointed to be the King of Israel. Even after he became King his life was packed with disobedience, trials and tribulations. Paul was exiled to the back side of the desert in Arabia for 3 years, being taught by God, before he emerged to be the grand apostle. Patience was taught all of these men.
There are women examples as well. I can think of no better than Sarah. God promised her a child in her old age, long after her days of fertility, and God kept His promise, as He always does, and she became the Matriarch of the nation of Israel at age 90.
None of the examples above always took God at His word and they tried to help His process along, but it always came back to bite them. We are all in a hurry, but God never is. God has a great plan that includes all of His people. We are all a part of His plan and His plan won’t be thwarted by any of us. He brings us all to maturity at different paces, some quick, and some slow, but we will all end up like Jesus when we finally see Him.
Let’s rest in God and the work that He has accomplished already in us. We must remember that it is His work and “it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (Philillipians 2:13). Don’t lose heart, but rest in Jesus.
Something to think about on this beautiful Monday.
Shalom, until tomorrow, Lord willing,