“I will not drive them out before you in a single year, that the land may not become desolate and the beasts of the field become too numerous for you. I will drive them out before you little by little, until you become fruitful and take possession of the land.”
When God told the Children of Israel about the promised land, He promised to drive out their enemies. God would go before them, and He would fight their battles. They would be victorious over every enemy they faced. All they had to do was obey His commands.
God Promises Victory
God promised victory and would give them the land, but He would do so little by little. If He gave them more than they could possess, the land would become desolate, and wild animals would take over. If He were to give them the land all at once, they couldn’t handle it.
If you are anything like me, I want all God has for me today. I don’t want to wait; I want it now. I want my spiritual battles won, my weaknesses overcome, and instant spiritual maturity. I want next-day delivery of my prayers and blessings on my doorstep by 10 AM. I want everything God has for me, and I want it right now.
However, life and God rarely work that way. He knows that true transformation takes time. God only gives you what you can possess. Your walk with God is rarely a straight line upward. Usually, God shows you a new truth and then works to apply that truth to your life. Sometimes, it’s two steps forward and one step back.
Little by Little
God works little by little in your life. He leads you one step at a time. When you disobey, He lets you repeat that lesson. When you obey, you move on to the next level. All the while, He works to make you more like Jesus. If He gave you too much too quickly, you might be filled with pride or arrogance. You might begin thinking you were the source of your victories and act independently of God.
As God leads you step-by-step, He fights your battles, goes before you, and gives you victory. He transforms your life and renews your mind. God works in you to make you like Jesus. Little by little, He gives you everything you need to live the victorious Christian life and to possess all He has for you.
Look at that promise again.
“I will not drive them out before you in a single year, that the land may not become desolate and the beasts of the field become too numerous for you. I will drive them out before you little by little, until you become fruitful and take possession of the land.” – Exodus 23:29-30
Make these confessions.
Today, God goes before me.
God fights my battles for me.
God leads me step-by-step.
God works in my life little by little.
In Jesus’ name,
Don’t get impatient with how God is working in your life. Don’t beat yourself up for not progressing faster in your walk with Him. God is working little by little.
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