What’s the hurry? Acts 7:30: 

30 ‘After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai. 

It takes time to paint a masterpiece. How long was Leonardo da Vinci at work on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel? It cost him time, and much more in the process. Great art is not the work of five minutes. In Ephesians 2:10a Paul writes: ‘’For we are God’s workmanship…’’ I believe the word used in the original is ‘poem’. It points to a beautiful composition; a work of art. But God takes time over His ‘originals’.

We see this in the story of Moses. Forty years is a long period, but God will take the time to break His leaders of self-reliance and self-confidence; to purge and to prepare them. They will not be perfect, even after extended and intensive treatment. Reading the full account of Moses shows this. But they will be ready for their work. It seems to me that noise, distraction and hurry are three major weapons our enemy successfully employs today – both in the world and against the church.

The Christian life requires that ‘fruit of the Spirit’ which is ‘patience’. We will regularly find ourselves waiting for God.

I noticed recently that the BBC are showing a remake of the drama series ‘Roots’. When the book was first published, it was phenomenally successfully. Just as the first TV series was about to be shown – probably 40 years or more ago – the book’s author, Alex Haley, was interviewed and asked, ‘What is the secret of its success?’ I seem to remember that he replied like this: ‘I don’t really know, but I do remember something my grandmother said. She said, ‘’You never know when the Lord’s gonna come; but He’s always on time.’’ ‘

PRAYER: Lord, I sometimes inwardly complain about how long I’ve been on this wheel. But I know I need to thank you for the time you are taking over me; for the personal attention you are giving me, as you form me with your own Hands into the vessel you want me to be.