A Process of Illumination

The sunrise happens slowly. Sure we can watch it happen and soon it'll be too bright to keep looking. Where do we go from there? We go about our business but life shouldn't then be business as usual.

Jesus, when speaking to His disciples about God's kingdom, used corn as an illustration (Mark 4:28). First, the "blade", or leaf, then the ear, then the corn within. A long process in which thousands, millions of tiny, yet essential actions are taking place. All of these micro-actions are required to bring about the small miracle of an ear of corn. Delicious!

This is how any worthwhile desire or dream is achieved. And if it is to last, you'll need that patience and discipline to maintain the miracle that God wants to give you. Because after the miracle--despite the marked difference in your life--things could recede back into boredom and sameness. It's the nature of the beast, but we're a "new creation" (2 Corinthians 5:17). Don't let apathy and complacency happen! Remain grateful. "In everything give thanks." (1 Thessalonians 5:18, emphasis mine) for the beauty that God has given you and He will keep the miracle sustained with His life.

Deuteronomy 7:22 talks about claiming the land "little by little". He tells the children of Israel not to take it all at once "lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee". This means that pride could set in and as it says later in Deuteronomy (8:17), I might think that "my power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth". Anyone who gains victory in an area of their life where they were struggling is bound to encounter this attitude of pride. The writer of Psalm 98 says that "His (God's) right hand, and His holy arm hath gotten Him the victory." (verse 1, emphasis mine) It's a personal thing with Him. As His children, He takes great care in seeing that our needs are met (see Galatians 4:19). If we don't acknowledge His provision, He may not hang around for us to do so. What I mean is, if we don't give credit where credit is due, we'll "grieve" the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30). And we may not feel His presence as we did before. It's interesting, Samson "wist (knew) not that the Lord was departed from him." (Judges 16:20) He repented but paid dearly.

Whatever territory of your life that you're called to conquer needs to be buttressed, fortified with gratitude and worship for the One who brought you out "into a large room" (Psalm 31:8) in the first place. It's the correct (and commensurate) response.

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