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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

January 11

A Merciful God – Psalm 6

How do you overcome impatience?
Do you sometimes become impatient because God does not answer your prayers as soon as you pray or the way you pray?
A man diagnosed with cancer had to make some medical decisions. He and his wife evaluated a lot of information and decided to proceed with radiation therapy. Before the therapy could begin, he received a hormone shot and had to wait three months. One of the side effects of this shot was “hot flashes.” He woke up three or four times every night very hot and sweating for about ten minutes.
This gave him a lot of time for self examination, and many times he asked, “Lord, is there sin in my life that I have not confessed?” He did not receive a specific answer, but he began praying, “O LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure” (v. 1). During this time he learned a lot of patience, but he still had thoughts such as, “I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears” (v. 6).
The cancer patient was confident the Lord heard his prayers, but he still became impatient at times and his attitude was, “My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long?” (v. 3).
The patient continued to learn a lesson more important than patience. He learned about God’s mercy! He learned to cry out to the Lord in weakness, “Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed” (v. 2). There is nothing you or I can do to deserve God’s mercy. As long as we try to earn something from Him, we will not receive it. God wants you to trust Him and allow Him to work in His way. It is exciting to trust God and experience His mercy in your heart and life!
“The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer” (v. 9).