Overnight Change Is a Delusion (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 228)
Ephesians 4:24 (NLT)
Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
Too many people believe that they can fix things overnight or that God will give them everything they want overnight. Some even expect for people to change overnight. But it doesn’t work that. Overnight change is a delusion. God helps us to grow into the people he wants us to be in time, not by the switch of light.
God believes in gradual, incremental transformation. He created the world in six days instead of one. He took Moses through forty years on the back side of the desert so he could be prepared to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. He caused Abraham to live to one hundred years old before he blessed him with a son. David, the apple of God’s eye, was on the run from Saul for years before he could become the king.
God takes us through situations to mature us into the people he wants us to be. He doesn’t just snap his fingers and produce mature believers. He does it gradually. God will make changes in our lives beyond anything we could imagine but it won’t happen overnight. We have to be intentional about putting away old attitudes and old lifestyles and embracing our nature as created in God’s image.
Overnight change is a delusion. God promised that he would help us to change the areas of our lives that we desire to change, over time, not overnight. We become more like Jesus when we choose as a matter of our will to reject the old ways of living and put on the new life available to us. We open up our hearts and souls to let God work in us and produce his perfect peace and holiness in our lives no matter what we have to go through or how long it takes.
“We shall steer safely through every storm, so long as our heart is right, our intention fervent, our courage steadfast, and our trust fixed on God.”
— St. Francis De Sales