God spoke, "Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased and possess the land."
-Exodus 23:30 (NRSV)
GOd gave Moses the laws for Israel and guided the chosen people through the wilderness toward the land promised as theirs. However, God did not promise immediate victory over the people who were occupying the land. Getting rid of the inhabitants all at once would have left the land useless and unattended, because Israel did not have sufficient people to give it proper care. Instead, Israel took over little by little, securing that which could be cared for until they were ready for more.
"Little by little" is not an acceptable pace to many of us who want immediate results. Nevertheless, my experience has been that spiritual growth little by little is far more possible than is instant perfection. The Promised Land is still ahead. Not everything that needs to be driven out has yet been accomplished in us. But we are maturing in God "little by little."
Thank you, watchful and caring God, for never giving us more than, by your grace, we can handle. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Little by little is a good pace for the spiritual journey.