When God's Testing Lasts Until Dawn
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9, NIV)
You don’t have the strength to wrestle with God. If you get in a match with him, he's going to win unless he lets you win.
In Genesis 32, Jacob has an all-night wrestling match with God. God could have easily overpowered Jacob and ended the match instantly. Yet, God let the struggle go on. Why?
When God uses a crisis to get your attention, he often doesn't resolve it immediately.
God wants to see if you really mean business. Do you really want his blessing? Do you really want his dream for your life? Do you really want his plan and purpose for you more than you want anything else?
When you say to God, “I've got to have your purpose and dream for me. I'm not going to let go until you bless me,” that's when God says, “Okay, now we're talking.”
If God answered every prayer in your life immediately, then you would treat him like a vending machine. And you would be a spoiled brat.
God is not in the business of quick fixes. He’s more interested in you learning to trust him as he moves you toward your dream.
Many people miss God's best because they give up too soon. They're not willing to wrestle until dawn. They're not willing to tell God they want his blessing. They pray once or twice or even for a month, and God doesn’t answer their prayer the way they want. And so, they give up.
You don't know how long God is going to test your faith, but you do have this promise from Galatians 6:9: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (NIV).
Don't give up. This is a test with an amazing reward if you’ll just persevere!
Talk It Over
How does your life reveal that you want God’s purpose and dream for you more than you want anything else?
Why can you trust the promises God makes in his Word, the Bible?
What struggle has left you weary today? Ask God for his help to persevere and trust him. He is ready and waiting to help you!
Premium Resource: Time to Dream Study Kit
This devotional © 2022 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.