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    Don’t Get Ahead of the Leader

    Galatians 5:25 says to “keep in step with the Spirit.” Paul is saying to follow the Leader. It may seem self-explanatory, but following involves staying behind. Our problem is that we easily get ahead of God. We don’t get ahead of Him because we’ve out-dreamed Him. That’s impossible (see Ephesians 3:20). We get ahead of Him when we push our timeline instead of following His.

    If you want to know how fulfilling God’s promises in your own timing works, read the stories of Abraham and Sarah or Rebekah and Jacob. Spoiler alert: it never turns out well!

    So, when His timing seems slow, here are a couple things to rest in…

    Romans 8 reminds us that God has already given us His most valuable, costly asset: His Son. Paul adds that if God was willing to send His Son, what resource wouldn’t He be willing to provide for us?

    Jesus reminds us that the Father knows what we need before we pray for it! Yeah, our Father knows us that well! Inside and out.

    Paul said in Galatians 4:4 that Jesus was born “in the fullness of time.” In other words, at exactly the right time in human history for His birth to be as impactful and far-reaching as possible. Not too early, not a minute late.

    So when God seems slow, remember: He is not stingy; He is strategic. He’s waiting for the perfect timing and knows exactly what you need.

    K E V I N • M I L L E R


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