Apparently, God is ecological. He sees the system. He is patient because systems take time to change. The world takes time to change. My life takes time to change.
“The LORD your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little. You will not be allowed to eliminate them all at once, or the wild animals will multiply around you.” Deuteronomy 7:22
Ignoring all of the other questions and ideas that arise from the text, we see that God slowly fulfilled His promise to the Israelites because he was working with a system of environmental factors, not just one prayer or promise.
How many prayers is God in the process of answering, answers that must wait until the system (individual, political system, economic system, ecosystem) has developed? How many truths is God waiting to reveal to me when I’m ready, when I’m to a place where I can begin to grasp it?
“I have much more to say to you, but right now it would be more than you could understand.” That’s what Jesus told his disciples after more than three years together (John 16:12–Contemporary English Version).
In the University of Life, Jesus doesn’t enroll me in Perfect Life 454. He makes me take Humility 101, Hard Work 230, Failure 360, and a whole curriculum that I’d rather skip on my way toward graduation. He understands the system.
He created nature. He created me. He knows what he’s doing.