Today’s Scripture: For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: Isaiah 28:10

We live in a world of immediacy: instant coffee, microwave meals, lightning fast internet service, email on our smart phones, and magic pills that promise immediate relief from every ailment known to man.

While we enjoy taking advantage of some of these advancements in our everyday lives, we can easily find ourselves wanting this same quick fix when it comes to our spiritual growth. The Bible says that growth doesn’t come all at once, but step by step and day by day.

We are naturally impatient. We want everything right here, right now. It can be frustrating to see ourselves continue to make the same mistakes, face the same problems, and struggle with the same temptations over and over again. And yet, the life of faith is a life of patient dependence upon the guiding light of the Holy Spirit.

And then there is Satan. He tempts us to be impatient – to forsake the big picture in exchange for immediate concerns. He is the master of the false promise, and yet we know that He cannot deliver. Only God can give us the assurance that if we patiently follow in faith, He will transform us into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Today, you can take this promise as your rallying cry. When you’re tempted to grow impatient, remind yourself that God is completing a work in your life. When you’re tempted to go for the quick fix, remember that spirituality is a slow but sure journey towards Christlikeness.

In the Christian life, there are no magic pills-only the power of God to help us achieve lasting growth.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder