The Inefficiency of God

I like to read the expert’s books on being an effective leader, having successful habits, how to fit more items on my to do list and check them off.
The goal of ultra-efficiency in all that we do smacks up against God’s apparent design for us to mature slowly. Look at Jesus’ life. Why didn’t God design it so he could show up and start doing the stuff? It took him 30 years to start???
Lord I don’t intend any disrespect. It seems to be your way of doing things.

Throughout the Bible people seem to “waste” years before they get on to the important stuff. Think Abraham, Moises, Joseph, David and Paul for starters.
Why does the “Kingdom come” seem to take so long?  We’ve been serving in Oaxaca for thirteen years. We’ve planted some churches, nurtured some congregations, made disciples, baptized a bunch of believers and done a lot of development projects.
If it was up to me I would go around doing miracles, people would believe in the God, He becomes famous and practically the whole population would start following Him and society would be transformed.

Could it be that what is so urgent to me isn’t at the top of God’s list? I’m starting to see that God is more interested in growing my faith and the faith of those around me than he is in what seems like success to me. It brings me great comfort that he is more interested in me than the task at hand. His word says,

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

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