I don’t know about you, but I know this face all too well. Lately it seems like tantrums dominate the Dent household, from getting in trouble for touching the electrical outlets for the umpteenth time to glancing in his direction seems to set this kid off! It is so hard to keep your cool when you have a screaming child in your face with no idea how or what to do to console them.I find myself repeating the same prayer, ” God, give me patience. Please, show me and work in me that I might grow to be more gracious and patient with my child and others around me.”
Don’t you wish it worked that way? That we could just pray those 4 words, “God, give me patience” and BOOM, the Lord would bestow upon us a spirit of patience. Well, God is not a genie and He does not always grant us instantaneous results. He does not always grant us instantaneous results because sometimes it is not whats best for us and He desires for us to learn and grow through that particular trial.
It can be so hard for us to understand why it isn’t in our best interest to be granted immediate change. When we find ourselves questioning why we must remember God’s sovereignty and that He does all things for our good. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Psalms 31:19 which says, “Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!” Our God wants what is best for us, so if He does not answer our prayers instantly He has a reason, but take encouragement in knowing that He has heard you and, in His time, He will answer us always. 1 John 5:14-15 says, “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”
So, while we are awaiting our answer from God we should seek Him through Word and prayer, constantly petitioning our request onto Him. He does not grow tired of hearing from Him and He wants us to come to Him for all things. The word says that God will grant you the desires of your heart and so if you are truly seeking something He will grant it to you, in HIS timing. Philippians 4:4-6 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. “
So, when you find yourself like me, listening to the screams of your little one or the squawking of a co-worker or family member, and are tempted to lose your cool: let us remember to pray, seek for advice and encouragement through the Word, and wait for the Lord to answer our call as He has promised.