|If you’re discouraged today about your level of spiritual growth, I’d like to bring some fresh encouragement from God’s Word. Here are a few points to ponder:
- First of all, we have to remember that God works individually. He has custom-designed a plan for every one of His children. If we live our lives by comparison, we quickly grow disillusioned. We must believe that God’s timing is perfect for every believer.
- Spiritual growth is a process. It is achieved in small steps, little by little, inch by inch. God exposes a problem area in our lives, we are convicted, ask for help to overcome it, and gradually, with the power of the Holy Spirit, find victory. This may take weeks, months, even years. But this type of growth is strong and sure, like the tedious process of turning a sapling into an oak.
- Discontentment with your spiritual condition is good. Your discontentment should be channeled into deeper study of the Word and greater commitment to prayer and church attendance. It is only when we think we have arrived spiritually that we enter the danger zone of pride where God cannot mold our hearts. But dissatisfaction with our spiritual condition can also be used as an excuse to quit the race if we’re not careful.
It helps to remember that you’re not alone in this life. It is God’s deepest desire to see you grow in faith, and He has given you the tools to help you achieve that: the Bible, the Holy Spirit, and a body of supportive believers. He wants you to succeed.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.