(2 Samuel 4-6, Luke 18:18-43)
And David knew that the Lord had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel. (2 Samuel 5:12)
Indeed, there is a process! Maturity, growing up into full stature, takes more than time; it takes diligent pursuit. Time alone makes no man wise. It’s time and obedience that make the difference. There is surely a process involved in how we relate to the Lord and His purpose for our lives.
The scriptures say, many are called but few are chosen. This pertains to our commissioning, not some random selection by God. Many are called, but few are commissioned. Few press into the process: yielding… surrendering…obeying…dealing with delay and offense…until finally they cross over into the fulfillment of promise. The process is hard. It’s meant to kill us. It’s meant to kill the old man and the old way of thinking. The process is violent. Jesus says so!
Jesus refers to the process as a cross that we take up daily. He made no illusions about it. He made no false promises. It’s hard. It’s brutal. But only dead men experience resurrection. Only leaning men know the upholding power of God.
There is a fulfillment that awaits each of us. Promises are wonderful, but fulfillment is glorious. The journey is meant to teach us the goodness of God. Don’t shrink back from the process. It’s the only way to fulfillment.