We live in a society which demands instant results. We're bombarded with advertisements about products which will instantly turn back the hands of time and products which will make us look like a completely different person. I saw an ad the other day which said that one did not need to change their diet or habits in anyway in order to lose weight and get fit. All you had to do was take this little pill before you went to bed at night. Then, while you are sleeping peacefully, all your fat burns away. In no time at all, you will be the shape you've always wanted to be. I shudder to think what else those little pills might be up to inside of you. Of course it could always be... a scam.
There is one sure-fire way to get fit. We don't like to use it though because it requires effort and sacrifice. It involves eating a proper diet in proper quantities at proper intervals. It involves exercise and getting enough rest. Now we might not mind doing this for a day or two but for the rest of our lives? No, we don't want to commit to that. We want to get quick results so we can go back to doing things our way.
This happens with things like finances too. We want a quick fix. We get into a big mess simply because we bought things we couldn't afford and then we whine and cry, begging God to send us some money so we can get out of the big hole we dug ourselves into. When He does help us, what do we do as soon as we're back on stable ground? We go right back to our old ways and climb down into that pit again. Sigh... we've all been guilty of this at one time or another. Some of us... well... we've gotten rather good at doing this.
When we become a new creation in Christ, our sins may have been forgiven and our hearts may have been cleansed but we have some habits. Sometimes God instantly delivers us from those habits but other times He says, "I want you get rid of those habits and replace them with new ones. I can help you do that but I want you to roll up your sleeves and get involved in the process." Why so that we can avoid falling back into those habits, develop good new habits and teach others how to do the same.
Getting rid of bad habits and replacing them with new ones is seldom easy. However, with God's help it is possible... one step at a time.