When our son Tim was little, he used to get growing pains. He’d often crawl into bed with us in the middle of the night, and we would massage the kinks out of his legs so he could get back to sleep.
We were his best hope for getting rid of the pain.
Growth is often painful. But while we can’t run from the pain of growing bones, we can run from the pain of a growing relationship with God. All we have to do is say no. I don’t want to grow.
It’s easier than saying yes, but we pay a price. Here are just a few of the things we miss out on:
- Intimate times with a Father who loves us.
- The security and safety of His arms.
- The healing of His Word.
- The brilliance of His truth.
- The beauty of His grace.
- And the exhilaration of His growth.
We say no to growth because it’s too hard.
The Israelites said the same thing. Listen to God’s words in Jeremiah 2:30: In vain I have struck your sons; they accepted no chastening.
God loved us enough to give us free will. He doesn’t force us to shape up. Instead, He waits until we’re willing to have Him work the kinks out of our character.
Sometimes He waits forever.
And if you look at Jeremiah 1 and 2, it’s not easy for Him either.
Note: Check out God's Chisel Remastered by the Skit Guys for a great video on growth.