The old saying goes, “Be patient, God isn’t finished with me yet.” I ran across the following quote today, and I was impressed by it:
“The truth is that time has no more power to sanctify a man than space has. Indeed, time is only a fiction by which we account for change. It is change, not time, that turns fools into wise men and sinners into saints. Or more accurately, it is Christ who does the whole thing by means of the changes He works in the heart.”-A.W. Tozer
Consider the words of Isaiah in Isaiah 61:
He has clothed me with the garments of salvation
and wrapped me in a robe of righteousness,
as a groom wears a turban
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
For as the earth produces its growth,
and as a garden enables what is sown to spring up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
to spring up before all the nations.
Praise the Lord that He does the work in us to make us into new creations, worthy of His name. We all grow more experienced and most of us grow more mature as we get older, but for us to grow in righteousness, we must rely on Christ working in us. As Isaiah describes it, “a robe of righteousness”. We, as the church, are the “garden” that will show righteousness and elicit praise from all nations. We could never build ourselves up to righteousness and we could never deserve Him to do it for us, but He does it for us free of charge. Amazing.
And so I end with the inspiring words of Romans 11:36″ “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.”