I’ve noticed over the years how often we associate God’s involvement or anointing with something that is large in size, scope, budget and growth. None of us would consciously admit this correlation, being aware of the stories of men and women of faith throughout the ages. And, knowing that there has been many “successful” individuals, organizations and companies without the involvement of God.
We see David wrestle with this in Psalm 37:7 where he writes, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.”
This is not to say that large enterprises that are Godless are wicked, but simply that they can be prosperous without God.
Still, we can react to a stories of large and growing endeavors, especially by Christians, with thoughts like, “God has really blessed it” or “God is all over it” or “He (or she) is anointed of God”.
The problem with this thinking is not so much if we are correct about our assessment of God’s involvement with another, but rather the conclusions we make about God’s involvement in our life.
You see, as soon as we use factors of size, scope, budget and growth to determine God’s blessing or anointing on something, we are in the unsafe minefield of comparison. And, comparison eventually finds it’s focus on our own life and harbors in the waters of disappointment and discouragement.
I’ve journey in those waters far too many times, even when I knew better. The measuring of blessing and significance through comparison almost alway ends in my wondering if God is involved or cares about what I am doing.
Scripture says, “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you…Regard the patience of our Lord as salvation…” 2 Peter 3:9 &15 NASB
I often regard the patience (or slowness) of God as reluctance, distance, disinterest, neglect or anger. I rarely regard His patience (or slowness) as salvation, meaning His loving work of delivering me from something or to something.
One of the difficult things about the pursuit of desire is the need to wait for it. Not to manipulate a desire into existence or abandon it out of frustration.
Perhaps the slowness of the development of your desire or dream is God’s protection from the traps that have been set for your destruction. Or it could be God’s engineering and sequencing of all the elements needed for the fulfillment of your life’s work. We must “regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.”
As Oswald Chamber said, “If the Spirit of God has stirred you, make as many things inevitable as possible, let the consequences be what they will.”
We must plant and water the seeds of desire and vision that God has stirred and then let Him bring the increase. (1 Corinthians 3:6) We must wait in the ready.