Present or Impatient?

Learning to walk with God means living in the present moment. When God first called his chosen people, he led them into a wilderness and fed them with manna. God provided for each day only. Any extra the people gathered became useless. God designed it that way so his children would learn to trust and depend on him day by day and moment by moment. In times of discouragement I’ve been strengthened by how the old hymn goes: Day by day and with each passing moment, strength I find to meet my trials here. Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment, I’ve no cause for worry or for fear. He whose heart is kind beyond all measure gives unto each day what he deems best. And remember Abraham. He, too, walked with God by faith. He didn’t know where he was going but he knew who he was following.  

Impatience is our refusal to be present in the moment with God. It’s our demand that we be somewhere other than where God is.

Learning to walk with God means remembering God is always present to you and he’s always inviting you to remain present to him.

God will be your guide this moment and the next, throughout this day and tomorrow. Trust him. Love him. Obey him. You cannot be more secure than you are in this present moment if you are in Christ. He is all you need. And when we’re thinking clearly, we realize his presence is what we most deeply want. 

What has the power to make you impatient? What is it you want or need in that moment? What would help you choose to remain present to God in those times of need?

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. (Psalm 46:1–3)