[CF Devotionals] 2015-10-13 - Marathons

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I can remember when the word marathon referred to a sports event, consisting of running 26 miles. Nowadays, it is a trendy word, but it seems to often refer to a television network broadcasting many episodes of a show, all at once, instead of just on a daily or weekly basis. I believe that it's evidentiary of a society in which many people aren't interested in delayed gratification, and instead expect immediate gratification. This goes for everything from money to sexual relationships. Many people aren't willing to wait for much, any more. They want it all, and they want it now. I realize that as a middle-aged writer, I may sound like "and old codger, yearning for the good 'ole days." But many young couples aren't willing to work their way up from a small house or an apartment; they expect a fancy house in a 'nice neighborhood,' right now! And too many aren't willing to "pay their dues" at work by starting out in a low-paying or low-status position. Instead, they turn down many jobs, and get pouty if they aren't promoted right away.

But God doesn't work that way. He's not in a hurry. Remember the story of the Jewish people whom God fed in the wilderness?

Exodus 16:14-18 (Msg)

When the dew evaporated, a flaky substance as fine as frost blanketed the ground. 15 The Israelites were puzzled when they saw it. “What is it?” they asked each other. They had no idea what it was.

And Moses told them, “It is the food the Lord has given you to eat. 16 These are the Lord’s instructions: Each household should gather as much as it needs. Pick up two quarts for each person in your tent.”

17 So the people of Israel did as they were told. Some gathered a lot, some only a little. 18 But when they measured it out, everyone had just enough. Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough. Each family had just what it needed.

This doesn't apply only to physical needs, either. God doesn't always give us all the info that we want at once. If He did, we would always be walking by sight - and not by faith. Sometimes God will give us the big picture, and there's nothing wrong with planning. In fact, Christ Himself instructs us to give due consideration; he advised His disciples to "count the cost." (Luke 14)

But sometimes, we need to just keep taking those baby steps of faith, and obeying what we do know of God's plan, before He'll open the next door.

Matthew 25:23 (NLT)

"The master said, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let's celebrate together!'

[email jan] Janice P. Moser

All scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.

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