Your deepest aspirations require more time than you might be thinking. God has the power to exceed even your highest hopes and thoughts. However, it is crucial to recognize that individuals with unwavering faith must also possess extraordinary patience. Hebrews 6:12 says, “so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” It is not enough to have faith in God, you must also have patience to follow through with the divine process. If you do not match your great faith with extraordinary patience, you will seek out destiny shortcuts that will destroy you.
In the real world, things actually take more time than we’re willing to admit. Despite the success of entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, who were both in their early twenties when they founded now-wildly successful companies, research shows that those stories are the exception rather than the norm. According to Harvard Business Review researchers, the average age of entrepreneurs at the time their successful company is founded is 42. The average age of Nobel Prize winners is 61 years old, partly because assessing the profound impact of a person’s achievements often requires a considerable amount of time.
When you entrust your life, times and circumstances to the Lord, there is no need to be afraid. You will be granted ample time to fulfill your purpose and embody your true self. It is common to overestimate what can be accomplished in a short span of one or two years, yet underestimate the remarkable achievements that can be attained through ten years of strategic and patient planning. 2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” He that believeth shall not make haste.