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2 Corinthians 12:9 – But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. (NIV)
This afternoon, hubby and I plan on watching the John Wayne movie we taped late last night. We don't do midnight anymore. VCRs and DVDs allow us to set our own schedule and view favourites at our leisure. Thanks to the fast-forward button, we skip all the commercials. That means we get right to the action.
Unfortunately, we sometimes expect fast-forward answers to prayer too. We petition God with our needs, wants, and desires and expect an immediate answer. "Hurry up, God," we moan.
Oh, we might not speak those exact words, but our hearts and sometimes our attitudes betray us. We have no time for His learning curve. We don't want to waste our time gathering patience or perseverance. We don't care to wade through God's advertisements for love, joy, or peace. We want our way, and we want it now. It would be funny if it weren't so sad.
Our weaknesses brought us to Him in the first place, but now we demand to be the ones in control. We want our answers our way and in our timing. And God in His wisdom says to us, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:9a NIV)
And then we walk through God's full movie version of our life, on His timing schedule, only to discover, once again, that when He answers our prayers, the timing is exactly right.
Prayer: Thanks, God, for teaching us to trust You instead of ourselves. Amen.