Turning Questions to Prayer

Waiting is the worst. And I know I’m not alone in this sentiment.  I’ve never heard anyone say, “I love waiting in line at the DMV.”  or “I’m so glad my food took so long to get here.”  When there is a glitchy internet connection, no one says, “Oh that’s nice, more time to think.” By nature (our sinful nature) we are impatient.

Sadly, our impatience can also be directed towards the Lord. I’d like to say I’m the exception to this, but that wouldn’t be true. While I’m still impatient, I can honestly say I’m not as impatient as I used to be. What about you? Have you grown in your patience as you wait upon the Lord? If so, you will recognize what the Psalmist is praying in Psalm 25 when he writes, 

Oh my God, in You I trust; let me not be put to shame;
Let not my enemies exult over me. Indeed, none who wait for You
shall be put to shame.
PSALM 25:2-3a

The Lord demonstrates his faithfulness time and time again. Not only does he not put us to shame, but He demonstrates He has everything firmly under control.  I know that, without exception, every single time I’ve been impatient with the Lord, He goes on ahead without me and works it out. Regardless of how much I worry or question, He works it out.  The psalmist must have experienced this faithfulness as well. Listen to the next part of his prayer.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation
for you I wait all the day long.
PSALM 25:4-5

What happens over time, is we reflect over the times we were impatient with God and compare His faithfulness with our impatience. We do this enough and it finally begins to sink in that He’s Got This and our worry isn’t necessary. When we experience this enough times, our questioning of God naturally turns to prayers, trusting God is with us.

In His Grip, Pastor Guy Roberts

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