When we simply GROW UP and stop allowing petty things to bother us, many of our problems will go away and life will become much BETTER! Just think about it, sometimes we allow only MOMENTS with rude store cashiers, our friends, bosses, and significant others to provoke us to anger and ruin our ENTIRE day! Yes, we allow only a few unpleasant minutes to turn our whole day into a bad one-crazy, I know. Now there’s nothing wrong with being upset because at the end of the day we are HUMAN. We feel things and sometimes people can be cruel and intentionally do things to hurt us. However, the key is to not REACT in anger! Ephesians 4:26-27 (New King James Version) even tells us, “Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.”
When we stay true to this scripture it allows us to take the offense that’s been thrown our way but keep right on being HOLY and having a GOOD day. You see, being MATURE or being the “bigger person” requires us to swallow our PRIDE; however, in the long run it only helps us to have a BETTER and HAPPIER life. Now let me get to the anger and frustration that some people may have towards God when they don’t get exactly what they want and exactly when they want it. First of all, being angry with God is not going to make Him move any faster-He’s ALMIGHTY and He operates on His own time. In Acts 1:7 (NKJV) Jesus even tells His disciples, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.” Time belongs to God and all GOOD things happen according to His timing!
So sit back, relax, and just wait on God. Children often think the world revolves around them. I’m sure we’ve all seen a child fall to the floor and have a tantrum when they didn’t get something they wanted right away. Well, we ADULTS are basically acting the same way when we don’t get what we want. However, the reality of life is that the world DOESN’T revolve around us. In fact, the life we’ve been blessed with is for the purpose of giving God glory, lifting Him up and not ourselves (Isaiah 43:7, NKJV). So I challenge you to just think about the last time you got frustrated or angry about something. Whatever it was exactly, I’m sure the root problem was that you were not getting what you wanted. Now if you took the offense and still remained GODLY and kept right on having a good day, I SALUTE you. However, if you allowed this thing to pull you out of character and ruin your whole day, I ask you to inspect yourself and see what’s out of balance within yourself.
I know this is a lot. So just take a moment and THINK ABOUT IT!
-To God be the Glory
*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.