Time is on your side

Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from the Scripture
Proverbs 28.20 A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.

Advancement in the spiritual life is seldom a matter of quick fixes and sudden transformations. Even our conversions – if examined carefully in Biblical retrospect – can be seen to be the products of time and numerous factors. Jesus’ parable of the four soils in Matt. 13 helps us understand that there is planting, watering, plowing, growing, enduring and harvesting involved even at the beginning. While the secret work of the Holy Spirit in regeneration may be sudden and unseen, we may be sure there has been preparation before hand. Many appeal to Paul’s sudden conversion on the road to Damascus and assume all are like that. But truthfully, his is but one paradigm, and itself probably not all that sudden. Had he not already been interacting (however negatively) with Christians and their message? Was he not there to hear Stephen’s message before Stephen’s martyrdom? Even then, did it not require the visit of Ananias and other things to unfold before all was done? Indeed. So it is with you and me. And as our text here reminds us, it is the faithful one who ends up abounding with blessings. The one who in their own spiritual growth takes up the daily rigors of reading, hearing and studying God’s Word; prayer; places of service; worship; fellowship with the saints; battling indwelling sin – etc. The one who hastens to be rich, even in the things of the Lord will soon find that what time alone can provide – growth – cannot be circumvented. Yes, there are – even in the natural – growth “spurts”. But these are not the norm. In fact, strange as it sounds, no one gets to be 50 years old, without actually living 49 years first. Spiritual maturity, real growth in Christ is the reward of walking with Him faithfully, not getting a sudden blast of spirituality in a supernatural flash. The Apostle echos the wisdom of Solomon when he tells his Galatian readers: Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Do not give up dear one – in due season, you WILL reap.


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