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Getting in Snc with God's Timetable

( [email protected] ) May 01, 2004 12:45 AM EDT

Things which the eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him. (1 Corinthians 2:9)

"Lord, give me patience, and give it to me now!" One of the most difficult challenges the Lord gives us is having the patience to wait for Him. We live in a world full of instant gratification, and we expect God to be like the world.

You have a problem in your life, something with which you're having great difficulty. You pray about it, and God gives you peace in your heart that He has answered your prayer. "Wow!", you say, "with that sudden peace He gave me last night, it must mean everything's going to be straightened out today!" Then today passes, and nothing happens. Disappointed, you pray about it again, and again you have peace, get excited, another day passes, and still nothing happens. This goes on for months, even years. And with each passing day, your frustration mounts, wondering what is going on. You have great difficulty believing or understanding the peace that the Lord keeps giving you every time you pray.

What is most difficult for us to understand or to accept is that God is working on the situation, even before the first time you prayed about it. And, because He loves you, He only wants the best for you. In His infinite wisdom, He knows what it's going to take to straighten out the mess of your life. For some people, that may take only a short time. For others, it may take years.

In this same way, the Lord is working every day on every aspect of your life -- jobs, relationships, children, talents, ministries -- preparing the way for you so that you can realize His redemptive purpose in your life. Pray that you will understand and accept the peace He gives you, knowing that He is preparing the way for you every day, no matter how many days it takes.

From Bonnie Ricks, Newsong Ministries

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