A Sin under the Radar

Some sins are obvious. They are just plain bad! Other sins are regarded as things that are probably not a good way to be or do. They fly under the radar of our discernment. One such sin is seldom called just what it is: i.e; “sin!” Oh, it’s not good, but after all, no one’s perfect. It is offensive to God because it implies that God is not handling the situation as I have decided that He should. it implies that God should take care of this situation right now. When He doesn’t do what we want, we begin to think that He has let us down. What pride! “I’ve asked God to do what I want Him to do and He doesn’t do it.” In other words, we know what He should do better than He does. What would happen to children, if parents did everything their children asked them to do and did it when they say they wanted it done? What kind of parents would they be, if they always gave in to their children?

God works to develop patience in our character. He knows that lack of trust is behind most impatience. God has the entire situation in hand for His children. He knows the only right way to respond to our requests and the right time to act. He also knows when to say “No!” Nothing can come into our lives unless God ordains or allows it. If something irritates or offends, God has a purpose in these things. God is far more concerned with our response to these troubling situations. We can be upset or we can relax and trust. If we can’t trust when God doesn’t do things our way, we have a very shabby faith indeed! If we quietly trust and ask for God to have His way, we are far more apt to discern His higher purposes. Even if we don’t understand, we can still trust. This is what faith is all about.  God inspired Paul to write these words, in Romans 5:3-4, “….tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience (Godly maturity).” One part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit is patience (longsuffering) (Galatians 5:22). Selah! “Be still my soul: the Lord is on thy side; Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain; Leave to thy God to order and provide; In every change He faithful will remain. Be still, my soul; thy best, thy heav’n-ly Friend through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.” (Be Still, My Soul-By Katharina von Schlegel).  Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 

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