Lamentations 3:24-26 (KJV)

24 The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
25 The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.

Many Christians struggle to discipline themselves in the area of self-gratification.

There are so many things we want right now. And to make matters worse, we usually have the ability to follow through on our desires. That’s what the entire credit card industry is all about: have it now; pay later.

But finances aren’t the only area where we get into trouble.

Some people are in a hurry to be married and therefore make an unwise choice regarding a mate. Others don’t even see marriage as necessary and opt for premarital sex instead of waiting for the right person. Or maybe you’re just in a hurry to become successful and well-respected in your career, never giving any thought to whether your pursuit aligns with God’s plans for your life.

One reason the Lord wants us to wait is to protect us from our own self-destructive ways.

Those who can’t say no to their own desires end up enslaved to them. God wants us to be mature believers who have the character and self-restraint to wait for Him to provide in His perfect time. Because the heavenly Father is omniscient, He alone knows what’s best. You can trust that if He asks you to wait, He has something more wonderful in mind than you could ever provide for yourself.

Does anything seem to have a power over you? If so, it may be an area that requires the practice of self-restraint.

Yield to the Lord, and submit your desires to Him. Then, begin saying no to temptations as you wait for God to reveal His will for your life.

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