FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2011
"No man builds without counting the cost." See Lk 14:28
Before God gives you more, He observes you with what you have. Furthermore, when He speaks a word over your life it's like a seed; it needs time to take root and sprout. If God has planned it for you, don't get into a hurry. "Wait for it; because it will surely come" (Hab 2:3). Patience develops in us the ability to stand up to the pressures that accompany blessing. Look back; aren't some of the things you've been through, the very things that have equipped you to handle what you have now? Had God given them to you sooner you couldn't have handled them, and He loves you too much to let that happen. Think: if you're having difficulty handling criticism from a few people, how would you do if God made you pastor or company president? Are you ready to pay the price? And more importantly, are you able to pay it? The more God gives you, the more He holds you responsible for. Jesus said: "No man builds without counting the cost." Sometimes we want things because others have them. You say you want a husband and children, but are you ready to start living sacrificially? You say you need a wife, but are you ready to "give yourself for her" (See Eph 5:25)? Whatever you're going through today, there's great peace in knowing that nothing the enemy does can preempt God's plan. So, "Don't be impatient for the Lord to act! Keep traveling steadily along his pathway and in due season he will honor you with every blessing" (Ps 37:34 TLB). Rejoice; God is getting you ready.
Published on Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 6:03 AM CDT