Don’t Rush It
(2 Peter 1:5 -7) In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.

Daddy used to say, “I live to see the day when such-and such happens. I’m going to live a long time, ‘cause that ain’t never going to happen.” And then it would happen…and Daddy would be noticeably quiet for a few days afterwards. I wonder if he was scared that God was going to call him out because of what he’d said? If that were the case, I’m a witness that Daddy skipped several of his own funerals during his lifetime before the Lord did finally call him home. Like Daddy, there are people we know who lack faith and patience in what is possible in life. We should not allow ourselves to be fooled by our physical perspective of matters. We must allow faith to let us see what can possibly be, and let our patience help us to maintain discipline on what we feel, what we say, and what we do until the promising vision comes to fruition. Whether it’s a matter of days, weeks, years – or what might seem like a lifetime – we can best believe that ‘all things are possible to him that believes’ (Mark 9:23b). So, don’t rush it.