Do you ever feel that you are failing to be all that God called you to be? Do you ever get weary of "working on" yourself in obedience to the Scriptures? You know, trying to be that Proverbs 31 woman. Ack! Yeah, me too.
Well, take heart. Here is a verse to remind us that God’s work in our lives doesn’t happen in an instant. It’s a journey. (And it’s a joint project: God reveals and we obey.) The truth is, we are not yet where we want to be, but thank God, we are not where we used to be either.
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin…
(Zechariah 4:10, NLT)
We step out in faith. We read the Word and we see an area in our lives, in our hearts, that needs changed. Seeing the problem doesn’t make it go away in an instant. Some habits or feelings have been part of our makeup for years, and it will take time to break them. But as we take those small first steps, the Lord rejoices because He sees the beginning of the work.
I have my doubts that I will ever be that Proverbs 31 woman while walking this earth, but at least I’m taking baby steps in her direction. Small beginnings make the Lord rejoice.
In the grip of His grace,