_It appears as though we are in the midst of a marital season. A lot of young couples are getting married. Most of the time that is a good thing; however some who find themselves a bridesmaid and not a bride can find themselves being troubled or depressed because of their marital status. If you find yourself in a situation like this, the worst thing to do is to become jealous of the person that is getting married. This message is for all of us who are waiting on God's promise to be fulfilled in our life. Whether you're waiting for a spouse, financial independence, a job, house, car, etc. remember that God is not a man that He should lie. No matter what you are waiting on in life, make sure that it is a promise made from God and not one that you or someone else has dreamed up for you.
I find that there are a lot of people who say that God has said something when in actuality He hasn't said anything at all. All of these things are good things, and I believe that God would desire for us to have them; however we must possess our souls with patience. As we are waiting on the manifestation of the things that God has promised, don't compromise your convictions while waiting. I have seen so many times that a person wanted a thing so bad that they were willing to compromise their convictions. They got the thing, but lost it later on. Said another way, they got what they wanted, but they lost what they had. The truth of the matter is that when God blesses us with something, the Bible says that it maketh rich and addeth no sorrow.
I have spoken on numerous occassions of wanting something so bad that I convinced myself that this was the thing that God wanted me to have, or that God was telling me to get that particular thing. Upon receiving (the car, for example), I praised God for it because I convinced myself that it was God. Later on, I found out that it couldn't have been God because it was never a blessing to me. It gave me trouble after trouble.
God's desire for me, and all Christians, is to rejoice with them that rejoice. I find that in doing that it combats the spirit of jealousy that resides in all of us. So, instead of withdrawing get involved and help that person who seems like they are getting what you have been wanting and see how God blesses you in the process.
Pastor Earl Goings shares his thoughts on everyday concerns.
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