- on April 17, 2017
Rhett Smith Podcast 58: Learning to Live in the Tension of Our Anxious Impatience
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the struggle we have of living in the tension of things not coming to fruition as quickly as we would like. We live in a fast-paced culture that expects everything on demand…and quickly. But where the tension comes in is that the life of faith is not a life that can be obtained on demand, or often very quickly. God doesn’t seem to concerned about doing things quickly, or on my time frame. God seems to work at a different pace than me…and that can create a lot of anxiety and impatience.
We may want things done in a day, but God has shown that sometimes the journey make take 40 years. Time and time again I’m struck by the fact that the journey for the Israelites from captivity in Egypt into the Promised Land was a essentially a 13 day journey…but it took 40 years. Often people will quote Jeremiah 29:11-12 to me (which is a wonderful passage), but I have to bring to attention that verse 10 reminds them they will spend 70 years in captivity first.
So God isn’t in a hurry to accomplish things, and we have to begin to learn to live in the tension of our anxious impatience for things to be done quickly and in the way we want it to be done.
In this episode I reflect on the varied journeys that God takes us on in our life, and as I do this I share some passages from my book The Anxious Christian: Can God Use Your Anxiety for Good?
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Resources Mentioned in this Episode
The Anxious Christian: Can God Use Your Anxiety for Good?