Time to Grow
Now after many days were past, the Jews plotted to kill [Paul].
Recommended Reading – Galatians 1:17-18
Paul was not indecisive. Just a few days after his encounter with Christ on the Damascus Road (Acts 9:1), Paul “preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God” (Acts 9:20). But neither was he impulsive. Shortly after that, he fell off the radar for three years, spending time in Arabia before returning to Damascus (Acts 9:23; Galatians 1:17-18). Scholars believe it was a time of study and preparation—and Paul definitely had a lot of new things to consider!
Paul was not the only one who invested time learning about God before being called to serve. Moses spent forty years as a shepherd in Midian; David spent a dozen years learning to trust God for protection from the spear and sword of Saul; Jesus Himself lived nearly three decades before beginning His public ministry. No wonder Paul exhorted Timothy to “be diligent” in his own study and pastoral preparation (2 Timothy 2:15).
Are you investing time in getting to know God? In prayer, Bible study, reading Christian books, being involved in small group ministry and corporate worship? Every seed God plants takes time to grow and mature. And growth can’t be rushed.
Spiritual growth consists most in the growth of the root, which is out of sight.