Lessons in patience and Reliance on God

Its amazing to me the Lessons God can teach you, and what lengths He is willing to go through to get you to learn something. Often times I find myself hard headed. Very hard headed. More and more I find that as God begins to teach me a lesson, if I am unwilling or not seeing it to begin with, or perhaps I just find my actions unyeilding to applying the lessons; I find that God begins to increase the difficulty level till it reaches a point where you find your self on you knees in prayer. Right now I’d say that’s been what I’m going through. Lots of extra work and overtime. Busy days with hectic schedules trying to accomplish what feels impossible. It wears on you. Working very hard to see results and seeing only a back log of work getting bigger can get discouraging. That’s not to mention long hours and little time to relax.

Its come to my realization that much of these lessons, and the growing difficulty in them, has been me not relying on God enough. Like Paul said about the thorn in his flesh, Gods grace is enough. God is big enough to get me through the trial.

1 Corinthians 10:13

“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. ”

One thing that is prevelant when enduring a trial is the desire to be snatched out of it. But more and more I read God’s word, the more I see him providing us a way to “stand up under it.” Ephesians 6: 10-18 tells us to be “Strong in the Lord and his mity power” and “when you’ve done everything to stand, Stand firm then…” We have a built in reliance on God which we very rarely acknowledge and less often rest on. It allows us to stand when we can stand no more. It lets us endure when we just can’t another day. It lets us push on for another day when we just want to lay down and rest. I’m learning more and more this. And every time I think I have this lesson learned and applied in my life, I find God steps it up a noch and stretchs me a bit more. Good lessons.

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