It takes time to become comfortable or feel at home in God’s Word
It takes time to experience the presence of God in prayer
It takes time to begin to appreciate what God’s grace (unmerited favor) really is
It takes time to learn to hear the still quiet voice of the Holy Spirit
It takes time to begin to understand the importance of forgiveness
It takes time to begin to understand the importance of mercy
It takes time to begin to appreciate the Holiness of God
It takes time to begin to understand the destructiveness of sin
It takes time to begin to understand how much we are the problem
It takes time to begin to understand that it’s really not about us
It takes time to begin to realize how much God can do for us if we trust in Him
It takes time to begin to understand just how involved in our lives God wants to be
It takes time to learn the importance of walking with God daily, hourly, minute by minute
It takes time to learn the importance of prayer, daily and as God’s Holy Spirit leads us
It takes time to begin to understand that our standing with God and acceptance by God is not based on our performance
It takes time to begin to understand how important feeding on our daily bread is (God’s Word)
It takes time to begin to understand the richness of God’s revelation to us through His Holy Word
It takes time to comprehend and appreciate the importance of balancing our time to God’s service, our family, friends and neighbors
It takes time to begin to understand that His guidance actually takes priority over our own independent decisions
It takes time to begin to comprehend the reality of the spiritual realm and the spiritual forces at work within that realm
It takes time to begin to understand just how little we do know
It takes time to begin to comprehend the importance of love, from where it originates and the holy purpose it serves
It takes time to realize just how much God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) really loves us
Yes, I know, I’ve barely scratched the surface. We read about how the Israelite’s wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. Forty years may sound like a long time and I suppose in reality it is, but when you’re on in years like I am, it doesn’t seem that long. There are so many different concepts and things to learn in the Christian walk and all of them are woven together into a fabric that eventually clothes us. But it takes time to weave them all together, it doesn’t all happen overnight, or in a week, or a month, or a year. At least not when it comes to our own comprehension or understanding. It takes time.
If we engaged and participated in our marriages, or close friendships, like we do with our walk with God, only spending an hour or so once a week, in our relationship with Him, common sense tells us that the marriage or close friendship wouldn’t stand much of a chance on becoming anything that was really meaningful. And yet, for many, that one hour or so, once a week, or even no time at all for some, is the only interaction that takes place in our relationship with Him. It doesn’t work that way, nor can it. It takes time.
Amazingly, the degree in which God loves and accepts us doesn’t change, from the day in which we first believe, to the day in which we leave this world behind, it’s only our comprehension of His love towards us that unfolds into our minds and hearts that changes. Yes we make mistakes, yes we fall short, and if we have learned anything at all, we learn to confess these sins and with His help and strength, change our ways. In many ways it’s like the layers we find in an onion, layer by layer, God is His mercy, wisdom and love, stripes away those things in us which hinder our relationship with Him, until we come to that place where the spirit of Christ, who lives in us, remains the greater part and us the lessor. It takes time.
And if that striping away isn’t happening in your life . . . well, I’ll leave you to decide what that tells you.
James 4:8 NIV “Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!