You know, in the beginning of things, when God first calls us, it is easy to make a big start with a great deal of noise and activity. Expectations are incredibly large in regards to what we think God is going to do.
And then time continues to run it’s course and we begin to lose heart because of disappointments and delays. Our prayers become less frequent and our energy and enthusiasm begins to decline all because God seems to be unresponsive. What could He possibly be doing?
HE IS DEVELOPING A SERVANT.
To God, developing a servant is more important than the actual service attached to the calling. Such a servant needs to learn that the Lord is more concerned about His own name than we are, and He knows best how to remain faithful without fail. This is the building of character and integrity; both more crucial to the call than anything else.
God’s delays, His hiddenness, His seeming silence? Those are all His avenues of testing tools where He develops true faith in His servants and unwavering characteristics which are that of His own.
The point of all of this is growth; to be more like Christ Jesus. There will always be a battle for you to war. The battle of circumstance and the battle of unbelief; the outside battle and the battle on the inside. However, it is on the last inward battle that the whole issue depends. Full victory comes as a result of our persistent faith.
If you find yourself there today, hold tight. Remember the story of praying Elijah and his faithful servant in 1 Kings 18? Elijah interceded for rain and sent his servant back to the sky 7 times before the littlest cloud finally began to form.
SEVEN TIMES! Can you imagine?
His faith provoked him to come up higher and he refused to give up. So, just as Elijah, we must be aware of letting go too soon. Allow God to complete His good work He has started in you. What He has promised, He is faithful to accomplish. That, right there, is your victory. - 29 minutes ago