Day 17 – The Law of Progressive Increase
“By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land.” Exodus 23:30
Sometimes we get discouraged because things do not progress, grow, or increase as
rapidly as we desire. In the above-referenced scripture, God was preparing the children of Israel to not be discouraged if they didn’t get all of the land promised to them as quickly as they might have thought. In the prior verse, He prepared them for gradual or progressive increase: “I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee” (Exodus 23:29). God was telling His people that he would only increase them based upon their ability to handle and manage the increase.
If we are not prepared for the abundance of anything, abundance can actually overwhelm you and frustrate you. Think about how many stories we’ve heard of people who won the lottery but are in a worse financial position only a few years later. The same thing happened to the prodigal son when he mismanaged the inheritance that he prematurely requested from his father (Luke 15:11-32). We must be mentally and spiritually prepared for the increase that God wants to bring into our lives. Increase requires both maturity and management. A blessing is really not a blessing if it causes you aggravation and frustration instead of jubilation and celebration.
The law of progressive increase teaches us that God will increase us “little by little” based upon our ability to handle the increase. Therefore, I encourage you to praise God for the little increase because it means that you are growing and as you master each level of increase, God will then send more.
Faith Stretching Exercises:
1. What can you do now to prepare for the increase that God will bring into your life?
2. Write a plan of action for how you will organize and structure the increase you are expecting (i.e. budget, training class, etc.).
3. Ask God to show you anything that may be hindering you from being trusted with more.