God isn’t in a big hurry—he is outside of time. We are the ones who hurry, and we need to be careful that we don’t try to speed through our sanctification process. Instead, we are to listen and keep pace with the Holy Spirit. Let him lead and guide how fast transformation happens.
If, after years of healing, we look down and see that something has washed away the soil that we are standing on exposing a bitter root, how should we respond? With disappointment, surprise, or anger? No. When a bitter root is uncovered, it’s a chance for more healing and more freedom. “Yea! God is showing me something that he is going to take the responsibility to prune, to chop that root right off.” Tough circumstances in our lives are often messages about where God wants to deal with us. He follows the bitter fruit to the bitter root, and he is the master gardener.
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:2–4 (NLT)
Isn’t it enough to just change our behavior? True healing requires meeting the heart and finding the truth. We need to name our sins and confess them. Healing comes when:
- We confess our sins, not when we blame others for theirs.
- We allow God to change our hearts, not when we ask him to change someone else’s.
- When we choose to allow God to shine his light on our old selves so they can be put death to make room for the new creation he promises.