Wednesday, March 9, 2011

You Can Be Sure of This

You can be sure of this: The Lord has set apart the godly for himself. The Lord will answer when I call to him. Don't sin by letting anger gain control over you. Think about it overnight and remain silent. Psalm 4: 3-4 NLT

Don't worry, the psalmist seems to say, you are in good hands. Don't get upset and do something you will regret later. Think on all of this overnight. Don't say anything at this point. Remember that God loves you and has set you apart as someone godly. God will answer your prayers of distress.

These verses are to assure us that 1) God has chosen us 2) God hears our prayers 3) God answers our prayers 4) we need to be patient, not angry. 

God has set us apart or made us holy because God loves us. The proof of this love is the giving of Christ for our sins. This also means that God does listen to our requests. It may not mean we get the answers we want when we want them - God is also not a genie in a bottle. But God will answer our prayers in God's time and way. If we become angry at God's silence, we need to not say or do anything rash. We need to let our anger cool down and rest -  perhaps overnight. 

We can be sure of this.

God, sometimes we forget how you do listen and answer, how you have set us apart. We tend to get angry and say hurtful things. Forgive us and help us to sleep on it and remain silent. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Copyright 2011 Amelia G. Sims

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