READ: Hebrews 11
THINK: In the Bible, the life of faith is often described as a walk (Gen. 17:1; Ps. 84:11; Mic. 6:8; Rom. 8:1; Gal. 5:25). For most of us, our Christian pilgrimage involves plodding, a pace that sometimes feels unspiritual and unproductive. My dictionary defines plodding as “making one’s way slowly and perseveringly.”
Two of God’s earliest plodders, Abraham and Sarah, trusted God’s promises even though they had to wait many years for those promises to be fulfilled (Heb. 11:8-12).
Another example of productive plodding is William Carey. A shoemaker by trade, Carey became a scholar, a linguist, and the father of modern missions. He lived by this motto: “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.” In old age, he made one thing clear, however: “If, after my removal, anyone should think it worth his while to write my life, I will give you a criterion by which you may judge of its correctness. If he gives me credit for being a plodder, he will describe me justly. Anything beyond this will be too much.” Then he added, “I can plod…To this I owe everything.”
So often, we are far less patient than God. We see things bound by time which constrains and defines our lives. God sees things from an eternal perspective. He is patient. And he is calling us to engage the walk and to trust him along the journey. Are you fulfilling your God-given responsibilities patiently by faith, or do you feel like giving up? God wants you to be a purposeful plodder.
The world crowns quick success; God crowns long-term faithfulness.
– Adapted from Joanie Yoder in Our Daily Bread
ASK: Do I expect great things from God? Do I attempt great things for God? What would it look like if I did?
PRAY: Ask God to help you be patient and wait on his timing. And ask him to help you increase your expectation that, in his time, he will do great things. And ask him to tell you what great things he wants you to attempt for him – and ask for the patience to wait to attempt them until he is ready.