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Let Go & Grow
by Margaret D. Mitchell
Week of April 13, 2014
"Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and prayerful always." -Romans 12:12
Do you ever feel like people or circumstances hold you back? Maybe it’s a non-budging boss or an obstinate family member. They just cannot see “it” your way. You’ve tried presentation and reasoning. You’ve argued your best case. Maybe you’ve even tried tough love…but still your efforts didn’t work.
Sometimes our efforts don’t work. Sometimes, even tough love doesn't work. Sometimes, God is waiting on us to bring the issue to Him to do the work on our behalf. Sometimes, we just have to be patient for God to deliver people out of hindrances and into His vision. Sometimes, we have to wait on God to minister to people in such a way that they finally decide to remove their grave clothes and don a garment of praise. And sometimes, while He's delivering them, guess what? God is delivering us…from impatience.
We want everything now! We reason with God: “Lord, if You will just (fill in the blank), I could do so much more for You! But patience is a Fruit of The Spirit! Patience is valuable to God.
And guess what else? God is more interested in our holiness than in our service! He is interested foremost in the purity factor of our mind, will and emotions.
When we get stuck in a holding pattern of trying to yank people and things into place, in an effort to move them forward, we wear ourselves out, become frustrated and embittered and stunt our own growth. We may even make ourselves ill. Of course, this is exactly what the enemy desires—for us to take our eyes off God, to stop depending upon Him and to “work it” alone. When we do this, we exalt ourselves. We are out of God’s order!
Remember, God only exalts the humble. Humility unto The Lord is our escape. His presence (peace) alone keeps us from feeling crazy. We can choose to stop handing over our power to the person who gets on our last nerve. We can turn to God and escape frustration when we hit dead ends.
Your Way Out…
Tips For The Journey…
This devotional was adapted from Margaret's forthcoming book, "Enduring Grace." All rights reserved. Copyright 2014.