We have waited for Him, and He will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation. Isaiah 25:9
When I was first saved, I expected to be instantly transformed – to become flawless and almost angelic. And, while I know some people who have experienced such dramatic transformation, this has not been my experience. I am still plodding on, fighting the same old faults – and while I may the slowest of the saints – I have not given up.
Yesterday’s portion in my daily devotional was particularly encouraging in that respect, so I thought I would post it here:
“Do not be discouraged at your faults; bear with yourself in correcting them, as you would with your neighbour. Lay aside this ardour of mind, which exhausts your body, and leads you to commit errors. Accustom yourself gradually to carry prayer into all your daily occupations. Speak, move, work, in peace, as if you were in prayer, as indeed you ought to be. Do everything without excitement, by the spirit of grace. As soon as you perceive your natural impetuosity gliding in, retire quietly within, where is the kingdom of God. Listen to the leadings of grace, then say and do nothing but what the Holy Spirit shall put in your heart. You will find that you will become more tranquil, that your words will be fewer and more effectual, and that, with less effort, you will accomplish more good.” FRANÇOIS DE LA MOTHE FÉNELON (Taken from Daily Strength for Daily Needs).
“Father, we thank You for Your infinite patience with us. As You have taught us, we choose to forget the past with all its sins and mistakes – we will press on towards the goal set before us. We trust You to keep working in us to make us more like Jesus. We also remember all our brothers and sisters everywhere who struggle daily to be Christ-like. Please help them too and grant us all victory over our faults. Let none of us who wait on You be ashamed. In Jesus’ name.”
Daily Strength for Daily Needs. Compiled by Mary W. Tileston