There is a saying, ‘Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.’ This probably spawned from discouraged people who put their shoulders to the mill every day for years, yet have nothing to show for it. Indeed, life can get discouraging sometimes. But Jesus wants you to know that even though you are not seeing the fruit grow on your tree right now, that does not mean that He is not at work in your life, bringing you to the fruition of His plans and purposes.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green.
And will not be anxious in the year of drought
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

A tree takes time to grow. Especially when it is first planted, the process of germination is not visible to the eye. It occurs underground. But that does not mean it is not happening. In fact, the process of germination and the growing of roots, is the first and most important stage in a plant’s growth. Without the stability of the roots, without establishing the source of nutrients, the plant can never establish growth. But once the tree has the chance to take root and grow to full maturity, Jeremiah tells us that it will not cease from yielding fruit.

In the same way, when we allow the seed of His word take root in our hearts, it may not manifest in perfect behavior immediately nor perhaps will the blessings of Deuteronomy 28 fall on us all at once. But,

“But as for me, I would seek God,
And to God I would commit my cause –
Who does great things, and unsearchable,
Marvelous things without number.
He gives rain on the earth,
And sends waters on the fields.
He sets on high those who are lowly,
And those who mourn are lifted to safety.
He frustrates the devices of the crafty,
So that their hands cannot carry out their plans.
He catches the wise in their own craftiness,
And the counsel of the cunning comes quickly upon them.
They meet with darkness in the daytime,
And grope at noontime as in the night.
But He saves the needy from the sword,
From the mouth of the mighty,
And from their hand.
So the poor have hope,
And injustice shuts her mouth.” Job 5:8-16

As the seed takes root and grows, God protects us, His children, saplings yet immature, out of season and not ready for fruit. He does this to ensure that we can grow into the fullness which He has purposed. And once that happens, we will not cease from yielding fruit.

Beloved child of God, Job 5 tells you unequivocally that your Father hears you and gives you His rain of favor and grace so that you will grow. He also lifts you up when the world tries to put you down and thwarts the plans and schemes of those who are out to take advantage of you. So trust in Him,

“For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” Romans 10:11

So “let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9

Beloved child of God, take heart. Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. For it is not your beginning that you are looking at but the beginning of God’s great master plan for your life.

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