Is Your Financial Breakthrough Taking a Long Time?
We live in a microwave society where everything happens fast.
Many of us have learned not to tolerate any process that appears slow. When things take a long time in our lives, we start to feel like something’s wrong. In fact, we often perceive a slow process as ungodly or as a sign of failure.
“I started this business six months ago, and it hasn’t taken off. It must be I didn’t hear God correctly and this business isn’t His will for me.”
“I’ve been praying about this desire for a year, and God hasn’t opened doors for me. It must be that He doesn’t want me to do this.”
“If this were God, I don’t think it would take this long. Or be this hard.”
If you’ve been waiting for God to move for a long time—months, years, or even decades—I want to comfort your heart. Don’t be afraid of long suffering.
The enemy mocks us when we haven’t seen breakthrough. He lobs accusations at us like arrows: “This is all your fault! If only you weren’t like this or if you hadn’t made that choice, you wouldn’t be in this position. Wow—you really messed this up. There’s no way you’ll be able to do what you want to do now.”
But we are sons and daughters of the Most High God, and we don’t have to listen to the enemy’s lies.
Change Is Coming
Perhaps you’ve read about the “suddenlies” of God recorded in Scripture:
Suddenly the sea parted.
Suddenly Jesus showed up and silenced the storm.
Suddenly the sick person was healed.
Suddenly God defeated the huge army that had come against His people.
All of us would love to see God show up and change our circumstances in a moment. But I’ve learned—over time, of course—that the “suddenlies” of the Lord are not always very sudden.
Jesus called it “keeping.” He says in John 14:15, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (NASB). The word keep carries the idea of time—of something that lasts for a while. It’s a long-term word.
James calls it endurance: “And let endurance have its perfect result, so you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (1:4).
The book of Hebrews calls it a race: “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus” (12:1–2).
This thing you’re building with God is special and important, and it will take time. When you’re following His quiet leading, you can dig in and hold fast, remembering His promises.
It might feel like nothing is happening right now. Maybe it seems like the sail of your ship is completely flat, and there isn’t a breath of wind. But I guarantee you things are happening—because the Author is here, and He’s writing your story, and He is the Word.
Take courage, child of God. The Holy Spirit is fixing to do some stuff with you. He hasn’t forgotten about you, and He isn’t messing around.
Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. (Jas. 5:7–8)
He Knows What He’s Doing
Today if your heart feels worn out, take a deep breath and know it’s going to be all right. God has the perfect timing for your situation, and He always knows what He’s doing.
In these long moments of the mundane, when it seems like your hopes and dreams have stalled out, God is forging and refining and making you perfect. He is turning you into something so beautiful that the angels marvel.
May He lengthen your stride, so you can get through this valley more quickly.
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