Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. Isaiah 30:18, ESV
I never threw a tantrum when I was a child. I was too afraid to.
When I became a teenager, I remember stomping up the stairs and slamming my bedroom door.
Tantrums usually happen when we don’t get our way. When we’re sure we know what’s best and it’s not happening.
We get miffed when we have to wait.
But have you ever considered how God feels when we don’t, won’t, or can’t receive his grace?
Today’s verse tells us God is waiting to be gracious to us. He has the gifts, the answers, the guidance, the everything we need…but we’re so busy stomping our feet and demanding our way we aren’t able to receive it.
There is nothing attractive or positive about a tantrum. Especially when an adult is throwing it.
Our blessings will come as we wait on the One who is waiting to give us what we need.
PRAYER: Patient and loving God. Forgive us for the tantrums we throw when we think we know best, or when we are frustrated because we have to wait for what we want. Thank you for not giving up on us, for continuing to wait to be gracious to us. Keep showing us mercy. Amen