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Please Be Patient With Me
God Is Not Through With Me Yet
The bible says that to whom much is given, much is required. And also that God has given to each of us the measure of faith. Yet, I have to admit, that there are times when we come right to the edge of sanity, patience, and kindness. Parents right now are nodding their heads in agreement, knowing what a struggle it can be to deal with your own kids. Especially after a stressful day on the job, with the boss barking orders, and nothing seems to get done within the time frame or order that he would have it. And when you get home, to your sanctuary of peace and relaxation, you have to go back out the door and check the address to make sure you're in the right house. The dog is barking because he needs to go out immediately, the kids are bouncing off the wall, and each one has a story to tell that must take precedence over everything and everyone else.
Today, many of our lives are consumed with turmoils, distresses, and strains. The pressures of life can sometimes be unbearable, and it's all that you can do to maintain some semblance of sanity. Worries and anxieties are the order for many of our days. How will the rent get paid, who's gonna pay the doctor, how much will the prescription cost, and Sir, if you'll just wait until Friday, I promise I'll be in to make that payment.
Sometimes, regardless of how hard we try to keep it all together, life just wears us down.
Being a Christian is no different. I mean, being a Christian doesn't exclude or shelter us from the vicissitudes of life. We have learned from scripture that the sun shines on the just and the unjust, and the rain falls on the just and the unjust.
In my early years of being saved, I deemed it necessary for me to walk upright. I was determined to live a life that would be pleasing unto God, and yet, sometimes I didn't get it right. Sometimes I came far short of His Glory, and I stressed over the thought of disappointing God. How could I dare bring reproach to God? I found that I was struggling within myself to be the Salt and the Light of the earth. Then one day, while I was out driving in rush hour traffic, I saw a bumper sticker on the rear of someone's car that read, " Christians are not perfect people, they are forgiven people."
Also reading the Apostle Paul's letter to the Jews in Rome, I came across a divine revelation in chapter 7, verses 14 - 25. The Apostle writes, " We know that the law is spiritual; but I am carnal, sold under sin. I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. So then it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me. So I find it to be law, that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin which dwells in my members. O Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I of myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.
What an enlightenment! I can't be perfect, at least not all of the time. It looks to me if the Apostle Paul, who wrote two thirds of the New Testament, dealt with the same struggles many of us face on a daily basis, and if warring was an issue for Paul, how much more will it be for us?
So now, when I'm a little edgy, snappy, or short, I simply ask, " Please Be Patient With Me, God Is Not Through With Me Yet."