God delights in the process.
I have never been a patient person when it came to things that truly mattered. Or really with anything at all.
I have grown in my patience, yes, but to this day, even the word “process” irks me.
I like formulas. I like answers. I like straight trajectories and quick solutions. I like to analyze and understand. I like to get from A to B, ASAP.
But God delights in the process.
Over and over again, He reminds us that this life with Jesus is not a sprint but a marathon.
God’s not about us “getting it right” or “figuring it out.” God’s about love, faith, and endurance. (And so much more, but for the sake of this devotional, we are sticking to these three).
God loves us unconditionally; therefore, when we mess up or fall down - He delights in the process of helping us get back up. He doesn’t wish we didn’t fall. He doesn’t get frustrated that we make mistakes. He loves us so mercifully and graciously - He delights in the process.
God desires our faith to grow and expand to depths and heights we cannot comprehend. And God knows that our faith often grows in moments of desperation or confusion - the unknown. God doesn’t delight in our pain and suffering. But God promises to eclipse our pain with His glory. With every challenge, God presents a promise. And we can choose to have faith or choose to be overcome by fear. Faith is sometimes a messy and painful growing pain. But God delights in the process - not of pain but of promise.
God is a God of endurance. Finishing the race. God doesn’t waste a moment - a happy moment or a sad moment. None are wasted. God is orchestrating the most beautiful symphony where every note is intricately placed to compliment the next note. God is creating the most perfect game plan where each player is specifically placed and equipped to run the plays necessary. God doesn’t waste a moment or any circumstance. God delights in the process because there will be a day when the race is finished.
Hebrews 12 says…
1-3 Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!
4-11 In this all-out match against sin, others have suffered far worse than you, to say nothing of what Jesus went through—all that bloodshed! So don’t feel sorry for yourselves. Or have you forgotten how good parents treat children, and that God regards you as his children?
My dear child, don’t shrug off God’s discipline,
but don’t be crushed by it either.
It’s the child he loves that he disciplines;
the child he embraces, he also corrects…
12-13 So don’t sit around on your hands! No more dragging your feet! Clear the path for long-distance runners so no one will trip and fall, so no one will step in a hole and sprain an ankle. Help each other out. And run for it!
God delights in the process…and so should we.