So this past weekend I had the opportunity to speak at my buddy Jeff’s church over in Durham, NC. What a great church with some great people! I admit this next scenario happens quite often, I have a set of sermon notes and I just can’t seem to preach the same message twice in a row. There’s always something new I’m saying or that God has dropped into my heart. So this particular message I was talking about the process of a dream and it seems there is so much that goes into it. I wanted to unpack a little bit here in this post because I think there’s more to it than just what I said in the message.
As I’m preaching away, God reminded me of a message I heard from a friend a few years ago. A couple little thoughts were dropped into my heart. The first was, “God is a God of process.” The next was, “Time doesn’t matter to God.” and the last one was “God works by process not time.”
It’s interesting that when God is preparing us for His great dream for our lives, He doesn’t view it in how much time has been spent preparing, He views it from how much growth and fruit has been produced. Time is something man made up. So God doesn’t look at the process through time, HE looks at it through development and growth, in my opinion. How have we grown in character, love, and relationship with Him? These are what God is looking for. Sometimes we like to get upset with people or situations but in actuality the process God has us on, is His doing! If you want to get upset with someone, get upset with God! God is sovereign, He has a plan for your life and every dream has levels, every level requires change and transformation. This is where the God of the process has to be acknowledged and we acquiesce and allow God to have His way, not ours. This isn’t always easy because we like our way, we like how we do things even if it’s not beneficial! We have been trained in society to get everything right now. We live in a microwave society but serve a crockpot God!
There’s something about the process of God that helps us get to know the God of the process. That’s the point right? To love God meaning to know Him and have relationship with Him. So if you find yourself in a tough spot and you are questioning God, I encourage you to pray and ask God what in us needs to change? What can I do to go to the next level? Usually the process is spurred on by changing not by complaining.