“So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.” 1 Peter 5:6
Our latest Facebook devotional video talked about the importance of acting on our ideas. Following through with a dream or vision that we have for our lives isn’t going to be easy…but it’s always possible. If we step out in boldness and do what we can, God will show up and do what we can’t. He has given each of us a purpose for our lives, and our passions and desires have been placed inside us to point towards that purpose. One of the hardest parts about pursuing an idea or dream however, is maintaining the patience to endure the time it takes to get there.
Just because God gives us an idea or a dream for our lives, doesn’t mean it’s going to manifest right away. Oftentimes, God wants to test us and prepare us so that we’re able to handle the responsibility that comes with our dream when it’s time to carry it out. That’s where 1 Peter 5:6 comes in…
This verse is an important reminder that even though we may be confident in the direction we’re headed, we are not in control of the timing it takes to get there. We must learn to set aside our pride and trust that God will get us where we need to go. His ways are not our ways, and therefore we must remember that He knows the best training we need in order to become the best version of ourselves. This is a hard lesson to learn because it asks us to believe in God’s promises regardless of what see with our eyes. (For example: you may know that God has told you that you’ll have a business one day, but right now you may have to work for someone else who runs a similar business. God may have told you that you will be playing music on a stadium tour one day, but right now you’re waiting tables and playing in bars.)
Every stage of our lives brings new skills to learn and people to learn from. Trusting in God to give you your success requires complete surrender and belief in His promises.
If you’re not quite where you want to be right now, remember that God is testing and training you; when you finally get there, you’ll be grateful that you’re ready.