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God’s dreams for us seldom unfold as quickly as we would like. That’s frustrating, but the experience is not uncommon.

Do you remember the account in Scripture of young David being brought home from watching the flocks? Samuel was attempting to discover which one of Jesse’s boys had been chosen by the Lord to replace Saul as king. Having looked over all the candidates presented to him, the prophet still had no positive word from the Lord. “Are these all the sons you have?” he asked.

“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered, “but he is tending the sheep.” His comment im
plied that David was hardly of age to be a serious possibility. But when David got home, the Lord told Samuel, “Rise and anoint him; he is the one” (see 1 Sam. 16:1-13).

So God Himself said through His prophet that David was to be the next king. But many years would pass, involving any number of hair-raising escapades, before David would finally sit on Israel’s throne. God’s promise didn’t come true immediately. In the meantime, I’m sure this former shepherd boy had frequent reason to doubt that the Lord’s dream for him would ever be realized.

Here, then, is another barrier to seeing God’s dreams validated in our lives. It’s the inability to recognize His involvement in our everyday world and, therefore, giving up too soon on His long-range promises.

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