Exo 23:29 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.
Exo 23:30 By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land.
Exo 23:31 And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee.
By little and little I will drive them out from before thee,.... Not the beasts of the field, but the inhabitants of Canaan, who were left partly to keep up the cities and towns, that they might not fall to ruin, and to till the land, that it might not be desolate; and partly to be trials and exercises to the people of Israel, and to prove whether they would serve the Lord or not. Just as the corruptions of human nature remain with the people of God when converted, for the trial and exercise of their graces, and that they may have their dependence not on themselves, but on the grace of God to keep them in his ways, and to preserve them safe to eternal glory; and by completing the work of grace, which is gradually done, they might be made meet for it:
until thou be increased, and inherit the land; for as their enemies were driven out gradually, by little and little, so they multiplied gradually, until at length they became a sufficient number to fill all the cities and towns in all the nations of Canaan, and take an entire possession of it, as their inheritance given unto them by God.
Note, The wisdom of God is to be observed in the gradual advances of the church's interests. It is in real kindness to the church that its enemies are subdued by little and little; for thus we are kept upon our guard, and in a continual dependence upon God. Corruptions are thus driven out of the hearts of God's people; not all at once, but by little and little; the old man is crucified, and therefore dies slowly. God, in his providence, often delays mercies, because we are not ready for them. Canaan has room enough to receive Israel, but Israel is not numerous enough to occupy Canaan. We are not straitened in God; if we are straitened, it is in ourselves.
This is the same in our Christian walk, as Henry said, we grow little by little, we learn little by little. God is patient when we are not, this teaches us to patiently wait his for told promises, and waiting is a hard thing. The falling Glory is to yet empower us and make us ready for what is ahead. The hard days require this serious prayer and study, but also the lords grace and seeking more of a revelation of Christ and to be endued with power from on high, this has happened and grows every day, we all need this personal revival-Great awakening in ourselves, before it can be a corporate one.
It is for mankind that we suffer, and are trained, some suffer more than others, because everyone has a different call. It is that simple.
If you have a promise , and you know it is from the lord, and you are waiting, I exhort you as one who is waiting, hold on, have faith, all will come to pass as you have been told in the lords time, not ours.
My favorite verse of late is a proverb and it gives great truth and comfort if your a waiting one also.
Trust in the lord with ALL your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. Prov 3:5-6 read.
We must put away how we think the lord will do something, stop trying to guess how, when even to some where, just trust in the lords wisdom with ALL your heart and forget self, one day, very soon, little by little, you will see the promise come, and with joy you will embrace it, even if the promise is a hard ministry or task. The fall of America itself will be a hard task, it will require great faith, trust and hope in our lord, his promise, the word.
Prayer is like the air attack, later the boots on the ground come, and come they will, very shortly. Good and bad, who's boots? It will include armies to take us captive and boots of seeking ones that will be scared to death, and this will be the opportunity of a life time to win souls, as I often say, for such a time as this.
Little, by little, until greatness comes, and that greatness is, the power of the lord manifested, and a deep revelation of Jesus Christ, who we will be declaring as the only way, truth and life to all that come to us.
What about you reader, are you seeing this pitcher, little by little, soon all at once , very fast. all will be so. Hang on and do not give up, or cave in to strange doctrine.