Sometimes, it is difficult to not be frustrated with God.  After all, if he could change me into a saint in the twinkling of an eye, why wouldn’t he?  In the words of the Psalmist, “How long, Oh Lord?”  How long must I toil and struggle and see so little progress in the seemingly interminable war against chaos?

In such moments, it is important to remember the patience of God.  In creating the cosmos, he took seven days when he surely could have done it in one.  As an artisan, he demonstrates nothing less than the greatest patience and care in his fashioning.

We must not expect transformation for ourselves faster than God wills it, lest we bury ourselves under false hopes and false promises for change.

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Posted by Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.

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