How hard is it for you to respond and not react?! This was the Sunday message 2 weeks ago at our church. I knew just from the title that this message is for ME.
True enough, God tested me on this. I felt bad with what my husband did recently. I was so hurt and ended up crying for hours. My tears had put me to sleep that I was not even able to reply to his text messages. Ok, actually it was a bit intentional. Even when I knew he had been texting, I intentionally did not check my phone.
So many things were running in my head. Of course, my natural tendency is to react! To give him a frown and a bratinella attitude when he comes home. But for some reason, God allowed me to remain quiet and still manage to be calm. I knew it wasn’t me. It was the Holy Spirit stopping me from opening my mouth and nagging at my husband. When I told him about what he did and what I felt about it, he was very apologetic. Everything ended well. =)
I learned from the message that instead of reacting…I should P-R-A-Y.
P – Pause
R – Resist the temptation to react
A – Ask God to control you.
Y – Yield to the Holy Spirit. Surrender to what He is telling you to do.
Isaac (like his dad, Abraham) married a barren wife, Rebekah. It must have been upsetting because God promised Abraham numerous descendants through his son Isaac. But how can this happen if his wife is barren?
Sometimes, God’s promises and our life’s circumstances don’t match. And most of us (that includes me) would have a natural tendency to react and get mad at God. But that’s not what Isaac did. Isaac responded by praying! And of course, God is true to His words. Rebekah got pregnant with twins. =)
Do you usually respond or react to life’s trials?
Are you able to P-R-A-Y when situations don’t seem to favor you?
Watch the full Sunday message here.