Victory One Step at a Time
And the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you little by
little; you will be unable to destroy them at once, lest the beasts of the
field become too numerous for you. (Deuteronomy 7:22)
When God led His people into the Promised Land, He did so step by step.
If He had allowed them to annihilate their enemies at once, the land would have
been too difficult to manage. So He allowed some of the enemies to remain for a
time in order to maintain the land and suppress the wildlife. In doing so, God
taught His people to trust Him step by step. He gave them only as much
responsibility as they could handle at one time.
As God leads you in your Christian growth, He will allow challenges that
match your character and relationship to Him. God will not totally change your
character at once when you become a Christian. Rather, He will lead you through
a process to become more like His Son. He will keep working in an area in your
life until it is controlled by the Holy Spirit. You may eagerly desire maturity
in every area of your character, but steady, gradual growth is more lasting.
God will not take shortcuts in His process of making you like Christ. He sees
your life from eternity and will take as long as necessary to produce lasting
spiritual growth in you.
Do not become impatient while God is producing Christlikeness in you. Do
not seek more responsibilities than those He has given you. Obey all that you
know He has asked, and He will lead you at a pace that fits your present
character and His purposes for you.