July25As I read through Proverbs, chapter 25 this morning, Friend, the verses that stand out are verses 6-7, which say, “Don’t demand an audience with the king or push for a place among the great.  It’s better to wait for an invitation to the head table than to be sent away in public disgrace.”  Isn’t this so like us?  Perhaps not necessarily that we all push to the front of the line or to the front of an audience, etc., just to get noticed, but isn’t there an inner impatience often times within us in which we would like to have our perceived strengths and/or potential to be noticed?

A few years ago I knew someone who was obviously frustrated with their job and although this person was very reticent in what was said, it was apparent to those who worked closely with him that he felt unnoticed by people higher up than he in the company leadership.  He was obviously talented, a hard worker and was putting his heart and soul into his job.  At the same time, he seemed to be passed over for advancement and even had to take a back seat in a couple of instances to those who were either newer at their job or younger than he getting promotions that he had felt qualified for.  With the help of his immediate supervisor, he hung in there though, and eventually received an advancement to a newly created position with his company.  Not only was this advancement an opportunity to be a part of something that was completely new and in which he was able to have a great degree of creative reign, but this advancement also set him up for greater opportunities in the future, if handled correctly.

As I watched this unfold over a couple of years actually, I thought about the necessity of waiting for God’s timing in everything we do.  We may go through periods of frustration, extended periods of it even!  We may feel overlooked, undervalued, forgotten and/or neglected.  However, we need to remember that none of those things apply to us as a child of God.  When keeping the instructions in mind from today’s verse from Proverbs, we can know that when we are “invited to the head table” so to speak, it will be at the right time.  Perhaps something within ourselves needed to be developed, learned or even discarded during the time we spent feeling overlooked.  Perhaps it had nothing to do with us, but everything with other people who are involved in either our current or future situation and we are in reality waiting on their growth and/or change!

One last question for you, Friend.  Does God’s Word ever say that “Impatience is a virtue”?  Or that “Frustration is ok and since it is naturally going to happen, go ahead and take it out on your co-workers and/or family”?  Rather, God’s Word tells us “ But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (Gal. 5:22-23)

My Response Today:  Heavenly Father, thank you for pointing out today that it is better just to sit back and relax when I am faced with a situation in which I might feel overlooked in or frustrated by and that trusting in Your timing will be worth it.  Thank you also that Your Word gives me the guidance and wisdom to know that patience is valuable in this day and age of “instant gratification”.

Friend, it is my hope that you will have found not only wisdom through today’s reading, but encouragement as well.  Have a great day-