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By Joel Osteen - Sep 29, 2023

When we look at the dreams we want to accomplish and problems we’re hoping will turn around, it can seem like it’s going to take a long time—years to get out of debt, years to recover from a sickness, years to see your business grow. But God doesn’t always follow a normal timeline. He says, “When the time is right, I will do it quickly” (Isaiah 60:22). He knows how to speed things up. He has these moments of favor when He will catapult you ahead. Everything seems routine. You’re going along at the same pace and making the same progress. Then out of nowhere, one good break, one contract, one door opens, and you’re suddenly twenty years down the road. You didn’t see it coming, and you can’t explain it. It’s God accelerating things, propelling you forward.

A friend of mine owns a small business in the graphics industry. For years it’s just been him and a few employees. He’s had this dream to see his business grow and expand, and he’s worked hard, but it's seemed as though he’d make a little progress, then things would slow down. Thoughts would tell him, “You’re falling behind. It’s too late. Just accept that it’s not meant to be.” But despite not seeing anything change, he kept believing and thanking God that He was working. Last year he picked up one new client that brought him more revenue in one year than all the previous twenty years combined. His business has exploded, and now he has over three hundred employees. He said, “Joel, I can’t explain it. I don’t know why this big company chose my small firm.” You know why? God hit fast forward.

Here’s the key: You can’t calculate God’s goodness, and you can’t quantify His blessings, His increase, His favor. There are things that He has already planned for you that are out of the ordinary, uncommon. That’s why the Scripture says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). It may look like you’re falling behind, that the problem will always be there, that the disappointments are permanent, but this is where faith comes in. What you can’t see is that God has the remote. He knows how to speed things up. He can do it quickly. He has some fast forward moments that are going to defy the odds, acceleration you didn’t see coming, good breaks that will catapult you ahead. Be grateful for where you are, stay faithful, but get ready. What looks like it is way off is going to happen sooner than you think. Your time is on God’s schedule. You’re going to see the God of acceleration shooting you into your destiny.

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