Day Five – It takes patience to change

Today’s Scripture: Mark 8:23-24, Philippians 1:6, 2 Peter 3:8-9

Aren’t you glad the Lord finishes what He starts? And His work is absolutely without flaw. Sometimes we interpret his perfect work as slowness or unconcern. The Lord isn’t slow. He’s patient. (See 2 Pet. 3:8-9). We need to be equally forbearing while we wait for Him to complete a work in us.

When the blind man reported that he saw “men as trees walking,” Jesus didn’t respond, “Good enough. At least you can see. Now have a nice day. Next!” No. He had begun a good work, and that work was going to continue until it was complete. In Phil. 1:6 we read, “. . . He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

I don’t know about you, but this makes me feel SO good! I’m not the same person I was five years ago. (Thank God!) And, five years from now, I won’t be the same person I am today. (Thank God!) We are ever changing, growing, maturing—and the Lord supervises the entire process! His work will continue until the day of Christ Jesus—either the day the Lord comes or when He calls us home. I can live with that, can’t you?

Let’s be patient as He reveals our stubborn blind spots. The change will be worth the wait.

  • How are you a different person from what you were five years ago? Do you want to go back?
  • How can you keep from getting antsy as the Lord continues to work in your life? What will make it worth the wait?