2015-10-13 - Marathons
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)
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)
Janice P. Moser
All scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.