Preparation, delay, and growth are characteristics of God’s working both in history and in nature. Scripture and the facts of nature meet, when James, exhorting us to patience, says, “The husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient over it.” The same principle applies to our own spiritual lives, and to our labour in the Lord. A mature Christian is not the product of a day or a month or a year either. “It takes time,” said the late Dr. Andrew Murray, “to grow into Christ.” We must strike our roots down deep in the soil of the Word and be strengthened by long, long experience. It is a slow process, and it is right that it should be so: God does not want us to be spiritual mushrooms.
- James Fraser