Patience – The Art of not Judging God

Posted on June 28, 2014 · Posted in Godward Orientation

A judgmental spirit towards people is a dangerous thing. It leads to doubt, mistrust and broken relationships. But there is another form of judgment that is far more destructive: the practice of judging God.

When you begin to question God’s faithfulness when circumstances are not what you wanted, you are actually judging God. When your general response to life is that life is a bummer or that life stinks, you are judging God. 

Why?

Because the Holy Spirit says that God is causing all the events in your life to be a good thing for you. So, when you look at life and fail to see God’s goodness, even  in the painful things, you are judging God. You are critiquing God based upon your perception of how your life is going. Not a good idea.

When things are going well, we tend to be okay with God’s control. But, when things are painful, we can be frustrated, even angry. When there is loss of life, when a job ends, when there is hurt in a relationship, the praise of God can be distant from our lips. 

Praise brings the comfort of God in the middle of the hurt and loss. Your savior knew pain and loss in ways you cannot imagine so that he would be there for you in your need.

Patience is the Holy Spirit’s path in difficult times. Patience is not something that is accomplished by human effort alone. Patience is the fruit of God’s Spirit. Patience is the art of trusting God and not judging him. 

“Patience is accepting problems without complaining. trusting that God will care for me.” 

Prayer for patience:

Dear God, you are always patient and loving with me. Please help me to be patient, too. I know that you cause everything to happen for my good, and you work things out at the right time. Help me to trust you and not complain when things are difficult. In Jesus name, Amen.

Taken from Get Wisdom! by Ruth Younts

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.