“The LORD your God will clear away these nations before you little by little; you will not be able to put an end to them quickly, for the wild beast would grow too numerous for you.” (Deut 7:22)
When Joshua led the Israelites into the Promised Land – it would take years to fight the battles that needed to be waged. The strongholds would not fall easily and victories took time. Not just courage, but patience was needed to take the land.
And that was by design. God saw things they didn’t. Too much victory too quickly would have been a curse instead of a blessing. God knew that they needed success “little by little” because instant gratification sounds great but rarely is.
God works all things together for good for His people, but in His time, not in ours. It is the seasoned warrior that looks back with perspective on the hard-fought battles. Don’t mistake difficult times with failure. Difficult times are just part of the process.
Hard is part of the bargain and victories take time because God is patient and wise. “Little by little” is not failure, but progress in His time with His wisdom and not ours. Get up every morning and do your “little by little” and let God turn it into a lot.
#Biblebites Matt. 4:4