God, please grant me patience, NOW!!
My aim for this article is to encourage the children of God, of the providence of God and to be patient in the Lord’s perfect timing.
“ And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
Many of us know this verse quite well, we use it to encourage one another all the time… But do we really believe it in our hearts or is it just head knowledge? Do we live like we believe it? Do we really believe that good is going to come out of every circumstance we are in?… How much do you believe this verse?
Something that I’m struggling with at the moment, is been content with God’s timing in my life. I become discontent with what God has so graciously given to me because I have something else in mind. I fail to see God’s perfection in His timing and His infinite wisdom. I seem to think that I know better?!
But how foolish is that? Shouldn’t we be so thrilled that the Almighty God is in control of our lives? Shouldn’t we be comforted in knowing that the God who created this beautiful and majestic universe is the same God who knows my future?
Let’s pause for a moment, and reflect on God’s wisdom and power…
- In Europe, there is this water spider that lives at the bottom of a lake, but breathes air. It comes to the top of the water, does a somersault on the surface and catches a bubble of air. Then it holds the bubble over the breathing holes in the middle of its body while it swims to the bottom of the lake and spins a silk web where it can live and eat and mate.
- Does that not scream to you of the awesomeness of our living God! His infinite wisdom is just too much for us to comprehend… Now think, this is the same God who is at work in your life…
“Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!” Luke 12:24
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them.” Psalm 139:13-16
If you are a child of God, you can trust in His promises. The Lord loves His children and has their good in mind. HE KNOWS BEST. It’s time we humble ourselves to acknowledge the fact that we are not omniscient and that the plans we make for ourselves are not always going to be what God has planned. Let us not wish for something better. Or become discontent with the circumstances we are in… God knows what He is doing… and remember, there is a time for everything… we all walk through life at different paces.. we all find life partners at different times, we all get married at different times (some may not get married at all), we all finish our studies at different times (some may not even study), we all pass our drivers license at different times ( some people pass the 1st time, others take 3 times). My point is, we need to realise that God gives us all different circumstances and his timing is different for everyone. He doesn’t withhold something from us because he wants to torture us and see how long we can endure. He does it cause He knows what’s best. God know’s things that we don’t. And we need to trust in His provision.
“ For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil–this is God’s gift to man.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-13
“The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.” Psalm 111:7
Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that it is wrong to have certain wants and desires for your life. We just need to guard from wanting something so much that we become discontent with what God has given us now. We need to be careful not to focus so much on the future that we fail to enjoy and be satisfied in God’s present provision.
Our responsibility is commit our lives to the Lord;
“Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.” Psalm 37:5
to follow under his headship and honour Him in everything we do. The Lord promises us, that if we delight in Him, He will give us the desires of our hearts (Psalms 37:4)
So, let us be fervent in prayer about this issue… Let us trust the Lord with our lives and pray to be content in His provision and His timing… after all, He is the great, awesome and majestic God, and we are puny, sinful, little humans in comparison. If you had a choice between the two of who gets to be in control of your life, who would you choose?