Going On With God

Michael Beck

“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” (1 Corinthians 13:11)

There is a moving on in God – a time when we know we can’t stay where we are. Usually, we start to feel this well before the actual move. It is important though to distinguish between a carnal and spiritual restlessness. A child may want to be an adult and do grown up things but he needs to learn patience. In due time he will enter each phase of life. But there is also a failure to grow up on the part of some.

“For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.” (Heb. 5:12)

“And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.” (1 Cor. 3:1,2)

When God is truly at work in us to facilitate growth we dare not drag our feet. There is a land for us to possess. When we are brought to the border of that land we cannot make excuses why not to go in. Spiritual laziness can keep us where we are. We are exhorted to “be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (Heb. 6:12) Yes, we will be entering unfamiliar territory, but if God goes before us and is with us, all will be well.

Don’t be afraid to grow up. The Shepherd goes before His sheep. He knows each by name. Where you were served His purpose, but when the cloud lifts, it is time to pull up the tent.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.