Some of you might be like me, trying to play the role of God. I often find that I try to accomplish everything in my own strength and in my own timing rather than trusting that God is in control and trusting his perfect timing.
With the people in my life that I am ministering to and discipling, I get frustrated when I don’t see growth in them. When I see a friend living in a way that they shouldn’t, I get annoyed that maybe I could have helped them.
When I look at my own life and how I want to be a perfect Christ-like example to those around me, I get discouraged because of how far from perfect I really am.
For those that can relate to these feelings, you know that trying to play the role of God is exhausting!
Although I am a single 22-year-old, I would assume that being a parent can sometimes feel the same way.
You love and raise your children and try hard to be a good example for them, to teach them, and to raise them to be devout disciples of Christ but it doesn’t always look how you want it too.
It can be discouraging when we realize that we are all sinful and fallen humans dealing with other sinful and fallen humans.
Here are a few biblical truths that I hope can encourage you:
You are not God… and that’s okay!
Instead of attempting to play the role of God in others’ lives and our own, we can pray to God to give us wisdom (Jas. 1:5 KJV) and peace. (Phil. 4:6-7 KJV)
Find comfort in the fact that God is in control and is working all things together for good. (Rom. 8:28 KJV)
Spiritual growth is a long process.
Ps. 1:2-3 KJV says, “But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”“Spiritual growth happens from meditating and reading God’s word continually.”
Spiritual growth happens from meditating and reading God’s word continually. We won’t become spiritually mature after reading the Bible once, we need it constantly to be on our minds.
When we meditate and find delight in God’s word, then we will grow like a tree that is planted by streams of water and that bears fruit in its season. Be patient with yourself and others and trust in God’s timing.
God loves us as we are.
“…but God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:8 KJV) “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13 KJV)
Don’t feel like you aren’t earning God’s love. God loves us just as we are.
We can’t play the role of God, but we can trust that God can and will play that role! I hope that these truths from God’s word comfort you as they comfort me. My prayer is that we all can rest in these biblical truths and continue to serve God with our lives.
“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:” -Colossians 1:9-12 KJV