Rising and Increasing

I started making “Artisan Bread” and planned on using it to make sandwiches for lunch. The directions said to grab some of the dough and cut off a grapefruit-sized piece.

I followed the directions, but my bread did not rise much. It was not large enough to make sandwiches…unless they were finger sandwiches!

It was tasty though. I polished off that loaf in 24 hours!

I tried again yesterday with a larger ball of dough and it still did not rise much. It will never do the job, be sandwich bread, until it increases. (Next time I will let the yeast warm up to room temperature before I mix it up.)

The Israelites were to possess the land of Canaan, but it did not happen quickly.

“The extent of the conquest under Joshua’s leadership was vast, but the task was too large to have been completed in his lifetime (Joshua 13:1-7). During the nearly seven-year military campaign the borders of Israel were expanded from Kadesh Barnea in the south (Joshua 10:41) to the foothills of Mount Hermon in the north (Joshua 11:7)…” ESV Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible

Joshua 13:1, “Now Joshua was old and advanced in years, and the Lord said to him, ‘You are old and advanced in years, and there remains yet very much land to possess.'” ESV

“Although the conquest of Canaan was still incomplete, God intended that each tribe should complete the occupation of their allotment as their numbers increased.” ESV Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible Notes

We may need to increase before we can finish the job God has assigned to us.

Dear Lord,

Thank you for your patience as I grow. I’m glad we never stop growing. Give me patience as I work on the tasks assigned to me.