From the 40 Days of Daily Bread Series.
Why does it seem like our goals can fade so quickly? We desire immediate answers to prayer, positive change now, and an enormous increase in success today. We all want to see the fruit of our resolve arrive and stay in place permanently. The problem is found in the waiting. The thing is, the key is found in the waiting, too.
We are used to going in the kitchen and grabbing a piece of fruit if we want one, or making a quick trip to the store if we are out. But that piece of fruit took a long time in growing. Someone had to prepare the ground, plant a seed, water it, keep it in proper conditions, and keep it from harm. I don’t know about you, but I usually don’t think about that long process while I’m eating it.
When we look at the way God does things, it’s not always an instant change. Even miracles that happen suddenly sometimes have taken a long time of standing in faith. If a woman is going to have a baby, then there is nine months of waiting.
In the same way, when we want to see a major change take place in our lives, we need to be willing to celebrate the small incremental improvements.
What about applying that to our spiritual growth? God wants to bring us into a greater spiritual maturity and give us more understanding about His ways. That’s going to turn some frustrations into water off a duck’s back. Doesn’t that sound good?
I’m not a cold-turkey kind of person. I used to get so frustrated with myself and then depressed when a short time later my resolutions had evaporated as fast as the morning dew. Eventually I learned that it’s okay to not see change come about in the way I had dreamed of it in my perfect little world. It’s the same with gaining understanding of God’s ways. It might not turn out how we think it will. It will be better!
Be encouraged; God is causing each of us to grow. We can “measure” our spiritual growth this season. (Or at any time we choose to be intentional about it!)
Here’s what we’re going to do. We are going to call this Day 1, and “mark it” by going through the details below. Then at the end of our 40 days, we will be amazed at what God has done!
Apply the Word
This section is to help us respond to His promptings. We will be using it for each day. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22
- Your Special Verse/Passage
Ask God to give you a verse or passage that is for you for this season. If your 40 Days are for something specific, ask God for verses that will propel you forward during this time. Write them in your journal.
- Pen Your Wishes
Write down one or two things that you would like to see change or growth. The categories could be spiritual, family, health, friendships, ministry or any area God is showing you. If your 40 Days are for a specific purpose, write it down.
Pray the verse(s) over yourself. Submit your wishes to God while determining to believe Him for working a big change in your life.
What verse(s) did God give you (or what did you pick)? In what area would you like to see growth?
Our Daily Bread for tomorrow will be about the spiritual fight.(Photo credit: Amber Karnes, Creative Commons)
I’m celebrating incremental spiritual growth because over time God is doing big changes in me. [Tweet this]
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