Patience in the process

hourglassExodus 23: 29-30 But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you. Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land.

I remember as a kid living on a farm in Beaufort South Carolina, how my dad systematically planned when and how to plant the crop. He would study the calendar for various moon phases to decide the best season for planting. Then he would budget for fuel, seed, fertilizer and labor.

After all was done, he would begin the process of planting, de-weeding, watering and finally harvesting. This process took place year after year and to be honest, there are steps I have omitted for the sake of time.

Just like the thought and planning my father put into creating a successful harvest, our Father who is God in Heaven plans on a larger scale. Here we see in Exodus 23: 29-30 how God the father is forward thinking in all He does.

First God determined He would not drive out the enemy within a year because this would create chaos within the animal chain. Secondly, God said He would decrease the enemies population on pace with the Israelites increase so they could powerfully take possession of the land.

God is a God of details and forward thinking. He is a God whom a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like a day (2 Peter 3:8).  He is the God who knew us before we were born, the God who has plans for us; plans to prosper us not to do harm us. He is the Great I Am; He is all-knowing, all-seeing and the God of all places.

We live in a world of instant gratification. We must have it now. Microwavable now! My prayer is to grow in patience during the process. A patience that is deeply rooted in faith, deeply rooted in an all Powerful God who is more than able to work out all matters for His good and perfect will.

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