“Enlarge the place of your tent… Lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes.” (Isaiah 54:2)
In the day and culture in which Isaiah used this inspired metaphor, many people lived in tents and would have clearly understood what the great “Prince of the Prophets” was preaching. When a person wanted their tent larger, they had to drive their stakes deeper before they made their cords longer.
By devotional and practical application when we as one of the people of God want to expand the impact boundaries and influence of our life and ministry, we must first drive our stakes deeper. For example, there is a sense in which we do that when we make the commitment to get more education before we begin to work in our career field.
One of the best definitions of maturity I have ever heard was simply the two words “delayed gratification.” I once asked a very gifted oriental piano teacher why most of her students were oriental. She responded that she could not find students in this country who were willing to practice six to eight hours a day to become a concert pianist. When people are willing to accept the discipline of delayed gratification they are driving down their stakes before they lengthen their cords.
If you are experiencing a growing conviction that God wants to use you in a deeper and broader ministry than you have known so far, be aware of the spiritual hard reality that God may want to deepen you before He opens a door of greater and more fruitful opportunity for you.
Are you willing to accept the ways in which God may want to deepen you so He can enlarge the tent of your life and ministry?