No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening–it is painful! But afterward there will be a quiet harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. (HEBREWS 12:11, NLT)
God refuses to be our personal genie because He knows that instant change will not give us what we need. Too many of us miss God’s best because we’re impatient. We give up too early, too easily. The result is more pain and regression. The fact that God weighs character over comfort does not mean His delay is a denial. It means His timing for our deliverance perfectly coincides with our change of character. That is, we will be ready for His blessing when our character can accommodate blessing without getting spiritually sidetracked.