“But let endurance, and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work…boulders

Life is lived in seasons; if you don’t understand that, you’ll be constantly frustrated. Some seasons are for sowing, some for waiting and some for reaping. Sometimes you have a short, intense burst of growth followed by a longer period of stabilising and testing. ‘But what about my problems?’ you ask. Pray for a miracle, but don’t be disappointed if your answer comes through gradual change. Over time, a steady stream of water will erode the hardest rock and turn giant boulders into pebbles. You may feel frustrated with the pace of your progress, but God is never in a hurry. He took eighty years to prepare Moses, including forty in the wilderness. For 14,600 days Moses wondered, ‘Is it time for me yet?’ But God kept saying, ‘No.’ Contrary to popular psychologists, quick-success seminars and the ‘no-money-down’ guy in TV who made a fortune in property sales, there are no easy steps to maturity. When God makes a mushroom He does it overnight; when He makes a giant oak He takes a hundred years. God sets the schedule, not us. When you get discouraged about how far you still have to go, stop and look back at how far God has brought you. Weren’t there times when you just wanted to quit? Yet He never stopped loving you, believing in you and developing you. ‘If we are faithless, He remains faithful…’ (2 Timothy 2:13 NKJV) Years ago people wore a popular button with the letters PBPGINFWMY (‘Please be patient, God is not finished with me yet’). And He’s not finished with you!

*The Word for Today is published by UCB Australia. A free introductory copy of the devotional may be obtained from UCB Australia; 1800 00 777 0 or admin@ucb.com.au*

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