Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land (Psalm 37:7-9 NIV).Have you ever found yourself frustrated by circumstances over which you have no control but which you have a great desire to see changed? I believe it is a struggle we all face from time to time. The frustration we feel does nothing to improve the situation. On the contrary, our frustration often leads to feelings of guilt as we realize that we have allowed ourselves to become so consumed with anger that we lose our joy.
When we are faced with a situation we find unacceptable or a conflict we are powerless to resolve, we are often tempted to complain loudly or remove ourselves from it rather than allow God to work through it to accomplish His purposes. As tempting as it may be to pout and walk away from circumstances that irritate us, God sometimes calls us to position ourselves and pray for those involved as He works all things together for good. It's so hard to do, isn't it?
We need to look at the bigger picture. The thing that frustrates us is often small compared with the many blessings we enjoy. Are we willing to risk losing an even greater blessing because we aren't willing to endure a little irritation along the way? What if instead we decide to pray, be patient, and position ourselves so God can accomplish His will in and through us?
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