Today’s text: “The Lord your God will drive out these nations before you little by little. You will not be able to destroy them all at once; otherwise, the wild animals will become too numerous for you.” (Deut 7:22)
“Little by little.” God had promised to give His people the land quickly (Deut 9:3), but He would determine what that meant. He would drive out the nations according to His plan and time schedule, and that plan meant He would do it “little by little” lest the land and the people not be ready for a quick overthrow. His timing would be His timing–and it would always, always be right.
“Little by little.” I need to remember these words when:
- The church I lead isn’t growing as quickly as I might wish
- The plans I thought we’d accomplish easily keep hitting a wall
- God is taking His time in fully answering my prayer
- My non-believing friend doesn’t seem to be moving much toward God
- My church ministry context is hard, and I need to see anything that gives me hope
- My wayward adult child isn’t much willing to talk
- The gospel soil in my community is hard
- I’m simply tired of waiting on God
Maybe you know other times when you need to remember “little by little.” If so, I hope this post today is encouraging to you.