When God promises us good things, it’s hard to wait. Much like a cake-smeared toddler tearing through birthday presents, we want it all and we want it right now.
But could you imagine if you landed a seven-figure job before you could manage a four-figure budget? Or got a Lamborghini as your first car?
You’d be so unprepared to live in that reality that you’d wreck the great thing you’d been given—or it would wreck you.
Fortunately, God’s got your back.
Remember when Israel was wandering in the wilderness, and God spent three books of the Bible explaining how to handle their shizz? Early on, he drops a grand promise, which includes this caveat:
“‘I will make all your enemies turn their backs to you. […] I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the wild beasts multiply against you. Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased and possess the land.’” [Exo 23:27-30]
Not right away. Little by little.
So the land is still good when the people have matured enough to take care of it.
It’s natural to be excited and antsy to get where God says you’re going. Be patient, though. God knows if we skip the waiting—the part where we learn and grow—the blessing He wants to give us could end up being a curse.