In an instant, isn't that how we wish and even at times plead that God would move in our situations and on our behalf? As we find in God's word, He can instantly move. However, God also likes for us to experience the process. Yes, He can instantaneously do what He called us to by making step after step, choice after choice, triumph after triumph. God speaks to us about transformation and going from glory to glory. At the same time, our expectations want translation where we miraculously get from point A to point B without effort but with God's miraculous power.
In most cases, in our lives, God wants to work with us, in us, and through us, allowing our efforts and willingness, empowered by His grace and Spirit, to get us from where we are to where we need to be. In an instant may get the job done; however, the journey of transformation cultivates a deeper relationship, more assertive character, and diligent devotion, which is oh so important to God. So let us thank God for the "instantly" when they come and be grateful for the "step by step" even before it is done. Either way, instantaneously so through time, He moves to embody His love, and however quickly it is finished, don't forget to embrace the One who is helping you to get it done.
Lord, help us find joy, peace, power, and the transformation process as we await the ultimate translation of being brought into Your presence for eternity. Give us the grace and wisdom for the step-by-step process You have ordained in our lives to make us more like You and bring us closer to You. In Jesus's Name Amen
2 Corinthians 3:4-5 "We are confident of all this because of our great trust in God through Christ. It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God."
2 Corinthians 3:18 "So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image."
2 Thessalonians 3:5 May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.