Patience is an important ingredient to success, because God has chosen time to be the matrix of his sanctifying work. To put it simply, God seldom does anything in an instant. For His reasons–and He has His reasons!–He has chosen to work with you and me on a day-by-day, week-to-week basis that unapologetically challenges our I-want-it-now mentality. Why? Because our messes didn’t pile up overnight? Sure. But here’s the real reason: there are no shortcuts on the path to personal godliness. Blood, sweet, tears? Yes! Shortcuts? No! The encouragement for the present is the future. Keep your eyes on the goal, the end result, the final product. Job said, “When he has tried me, I shall come out as gold” (Job 23:10), and this promise is yours and mine. Be patient. Endure.