Galatians 5:21-23 (CEV)
22 God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, 23 gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways.
Many Americans struggle with their weight. It isn’t uncommon to hear someone say, “I’ve got a weight problem. I’ve tried everything and nothing works for me.”
After a lifetime of frustration; wishing, hoping, and praying to lose my extra pounds quickly with miracle pills, fad diets, and gimmicky exercise equipment, God finally answered my prayer. He led me to a common sense exercise program and inspired me to use my years of diet information to begin to eat sensibly from all the healthful foods God provides. After a year and a half of this regimen I am at my weight goal, several sizes smaller, and stronger and healthier than I’ve ever been.
Before, even when the quicky diets worked for a short time, I couldn’t sustain them and often gained back more than I’d lost.
A year may seem like too long to wait, but if God hadn’t stepped in, I’d still be a year older and still unhappy with my body. It seems that my weight problem was actually a wait problem.
This experience has been a lesson I can apply to my prayer life. When I pray about distressing circumstances and don’t see my earnest pleas making a difference right away, it is easy to get discouraged.
It is helpful to remember that God’s timing is not my timing. When I pray, I need to place my concerns into God’s hands, trusting that He knows best, and just get on with my life, doing the right things every day. By following a commonsense regimen, as found in Scripture, I will see improvement, by and by.
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.James 1:1-3 (NKJV)