~ This blog post is an adapted excerpt from a sermon by Peter DeWitt. You can hear the whole sermon, The Process of Faith (part 2), from Agathos Church – a non-denominational Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio by clicking here.
“But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” (James 1:4)
Pastor Brad has talked with me personally about how a season of “pause” is meant to lead us into a season of promotion. But if we resist the pause, we will unknowingly resist the promotion. God wants to PREPARE you for His Best. He doesn’t just shove a present in your chest and say “here take it already.” He prepares a new wineskin before adding new wine.
Patience embraces preparation!
In other words, in some seasons, God will not be working with us as it relates to magnitude, but instead be working on refining our direction. If we tend to be “magnitude monitors” then we will accuse God – thinking that the pause is without cause – or at least without positive effect . . . because our definition of positive effect is single-faceted: MAGNITUDE INCREASE!
But we have to realize in those seasons of pause, that a transformation is taking place on the inside of us. We have to realize that God’s Word is doing a work in us . . . that we are carrying a promise to full term. And in this case, God is in fact changing US . . . . THEN He will add new wine to us!
Patience comes before Godly promotion.