Psalm 33:20 “Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.”
Good words from Frederick Faber — Growth in Holiness by Fredrick Faber (1905)
“In the spiritual life God chooses to try our patience first of all by His slowness … He is slow: we are swift and precipitate. It is because we are but for a time, and He has been for eternity …” (Page 116)
“There is something greatly overawing in the extreme slowness of God. Let it overshadow our souls, but let it not disquiet them …” (Page 117)
“We must wait for God, long, meekly, in the wind and wet, in the thunder and the lightning, in the cold and the dark. Wait, and He will come. He never comes to those who do not wait. He does not go their road. When He comes, go with Him, but go slowly, fall a little behind; when he quickens His pace, be sure of it, before you quicken yours. But when He slackens, slacken at once: and do not be slow only, but silent, very silent, for He is God.” (Page 120)
“ ... and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:24
The new self refers to the renovated nature. Like a house interior that’s been renovated. Same house new inside. The change is so great, that there is no impropriety in speaking of one who has experienced it as “a new person.” We has new feelings, principles, and desires. We have laid aside our old principles and practices, and, in everything that pertains to moral character, we are new.
This is not a small change. It is not a mere change of the outward condition. No, no new paint job or dry wall patch here. It’s not just being brought from the world into the church, and being baptized.
Our body is still the same; the intellectual structure of our mind is the same; but there has been a change in our principles and feelings which challenge us. The interior of our house has been completely redone.
God works in us through His Spirit to make us like Him.