We say that Rome was not built in a day, but in our culture, we have lost sight of the idea that we build “little by little”. We want fast food, clothes purchased on credit, and drive-through stores. Our lives are based on convenience, not patience. We choose results, not process.
But this is neither wise nor biblical. It’s the process, it’s the waiting, it’s the growing that enables us to thrive and not just survive. When talking about taking possession of the Promise Land, God said to the Hebrews, “I won’t get rid of them all at once lest the land grow up in weeds and the wild animals take over. Little by little I’ll get them out of there while you have a chance to get your crops going and make the land your own.” (Exodus 23:29-30, The MSG)
Little by little. It wasn’t going to be an instant possession, but a victory that was going to be won little by little, moment by moment, battle by battle.
Sometimes it feels like we are in a never-ending war where we are fighting for our dreams. Sometimes it feels like we are stuck in the process and that we may never see the career, relationships, or finances that we have dreamed of.
But look at what God said to the Hebrews. He didn’t say He would give them the land little by little because it was fun, but because He wanted them to THRIVE in the land. He wanted them to adapt to the climate and learn the new agricultural landscape. He didn’t want His people to be overwhelmed with the ‘new’, but He wanted them to learn how to be masters over the land.
How many lottery winners sustain their wealth over time? Most winners burn through their millions in months, and some end up more destitute than before. They were not ready for wealth. They didn’t earn the money. They were totally unprepared for financial abundance and they can barely survive as a millionaire.
And then look at Rockerfeller, Vanderbuilt, or even Sir Richard Branson. These self-made millionaires started with very little, but years of hard work produced sustainable, strong, successful businesses. Each mistake, failure, and success taught them how to build companies that would far outlive them. Little by little they built, and little by little they became masters over their millions.
If the process was not wasted in building these business kingdoms, think about how nothing is wasted as we build in the spirit! Little by little, step by step, come failure or success, we are growing and are being changed from glory to glory (2 Cor 3:18).
So don’t lose hope in the process. Don’t give up on your dreams. Little by little, God is working in you so you will thrive spirit, soul, and body.