It is said that when you ask God for patience, He gives you an opportunity to be patient and hence learn patience.
Does that mean we shouldn’t bother asking?
I recently came to the realisation that as far as self-control went, I was lacking.
Hence forth, in my ever abounding wisdom, I decided that I didn’t need to ask God to give me self-control because He’d just put me in a trying situation for me to learn self-control. The result of my stroke of genius was a continuously fruitless struggle with self-control.
God wants us to seek Him in the hope that we will come to the conclusion that we can’t do it without Him. He wants us to ask for help (the first step is saying “I can’t do this”) and then He’ll give us a tough situation and we’ll turn to Him straight away and say “Help me through this.”
Through this turn of events we, slowly but surely, learn to trust Him for our every need. To turn to Him whenever we’re struggling, and even when we’re not, He wants us to walk WITH Him.
Anyway, I struggled along, failing to gain any more self-control, and I found myself floundering and slowly coming to a point of just accepting my weak humanity with no self-control.
This all panned out over a few months.
Then there was tonight. Tonight God said “You need help? Ask me.”
I said to myself, “but, He’ll just put you in a situa… Hang on a sec.” Then it hit me. God puts us in situations where we NEED to lean on Him so that we will. He wants to help us and show us that it’s not gunna happen if we go it alone.
I did it my way and failed, so tonight I’ve stepped up and asked for help. I feel so much better about myself already. My failings were washed away and I’m on the up and up. From here on, it’s me and God walking this journey together. Together, we’re gunna build my self-control.
Even when “I know what He’s gunna do next” I’m gunna turn to Him, because I can’t do it alone.