Fred Bittner’s The God Whisperer offers important lessons for impatient Christians, reminding us that “We are so finite, and he is so infinite.” While the rush to capture blessings has led many on a path that does not reflect the glory of God, and have caused some to stray away from His teachings and church attendance with frustration, we must remember that “He sees everything, while we only see what is right before us. He moves in ways that make no sense to us, and it can be difficult to keep our eyes upon him when the things we desire are right near our grasp.” Bittner reminds us not to be grasping and impatient, but rather to wait for God’s blessings-for to forge ahead sometimes results in circumstances outside the will of God.
Bittner knows that it can be hard to wait for blessing “when you know that a blessing is yours,” whether it is a job that has not been offered to you or a soul mate that has not arrived yet, but encourages us to “react” in ways that put faith in God’s plan, rather than finding “subtle ways of taking back control of your life so that you can make things happen on your time.” Impatience often creates one of the most difficult stumbling blocks for Christians, and that we must wait often tempts us to “engage in behavior that does not bring glory to the Lord.” In a world filled with hindrances, our own patience is one that we have control over and must master, as we often face much larger obstacles in life.
Bittner asks, “Has your desire for the blessing become more important than your desire to draw close to God? Has the blessing become your stumbling block? What needs to change before the blessing can be granted to you?” We must remember the teachings of Peter, and the line from the old praise chorus, “He makes all things beautiful in His time,” and Bittner’s assertion that, “God wants us to be faithful to him. This means we must look to him for direction, and wait for his perfect timing.” These are important issues to consider as we live in world filled with instant gratification and “me first” mindsets.
While many forge their own paths and stray from the course intended for them, The God Whisperer offers an important lesson in staying and waiting for God’s timing and master plan, which will grant us blessings in a scope and time designated by God Himself. Indeed, with God in control, there is no reason to speed up His timing.
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