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Impatience… A Watched Pot

Our impatience can cause us to lose sight of the great things God is doing…

Numbers 21:4-5
They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; 5they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!”

The Israelites showed their impatience when they were freed from slavery in Egypt. Their trek through the desert was more challenging than they wanted, although this was mostly their fault. Since this experience did not meet with their expectations, they complained to God.

Our instinct, too, can be to immediately blame God for what we do not have. Or to look to God because we are receiving what we believe to be a punishment of sorts.

We can grow impatient when we feel that things are not going according to the time table we have planned. It is easy for us to blame God and question when things will move along. It is in those times that we need to trust God and his sovereignty- God’s timing is perfect. He desires for us to be blessed and experience joy. If we curtail our impatience and seek Him, we will find that His plan for our lives is perfect. In His timing we will receive the great things He has for us, as well as enjoy the journey.