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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Weariness of Soul

Happy Saturday! We are having a rainy summer here in MN this year. I feel like we are living in London.  Not able to get outside and do anything fun today...again!; it's just kind of dreary and when it goes on long enough... it tends to make you weary.

It can be that way with our Christian walk, as well. 

I'm talking about the soul. We can become weary in our souls. There are times when we just don't see the hand of God at least not the way we think we should be. We have our own expectations, don't we? I know I've said a time or two, 'Lord, I'm not getting any younger here.'

We also have our own time frames. Back to the... 'Lord, I'm not getting any younger.' We sometimes wonder, 'Why hasn't it happened yet, Lord?' or we might be asking, 'What am I doing wrong?' I can pretty much conclude that we have all had these thoughts and feelings at times.

Patience (the word), which is what we need at times like these, is from it's root word, Patient. The meaning of Patient is to be "able to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time or when dealing with problems or difficult people." Herein lies the problem.

I think, as a society, we have become a less and less patient people. We are in the day and age of McDonald's fast food, microwave ovens, high speed internet, fast cars, faster airplanes, even self check-outs (so that we can move faster and get out of the store even quicker). It's a fast-paced world - for sure.

Having patience helps us to learn how to deal with problems and how to get along with difficult people. Is that what God would want for us? Of course! We are promised in the Word that we have the peace of God - to be able to stay calm in trying situations. Patience is a very good thing. A lack of patience can bring about things like road rage, quitting a job and even anger to the point of taking another person's life.

We are not the center of the universe. I hate to burst your bubble, but it's true. 

Just remember that God is outside of time. Time does not constrain Him. He is not limited by time. He is not watching His clock. So, this is where trust comes into play. This is where we trust in His promises to us. This is where we trust in His strength in our lives. Romans 4:20 says, "He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and it says in Col. 1:11, "strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;"

I pray that today you would be strengthened by His might for whatever you need or are waiting to happen.  Pray in faith, declaring His promise over your situation.  Then be calm, resting in Him that things will turn out for your good and according to your faith in the Word of God. God loves you!