Lesson 5

God is a patient God.  He has to be or He would have destroyed us over and over.  But that doesn’t mean He does not get frustrated with us.

You have wearied the LORD with your words.
“How have we wearied him?” you ask.
By saying, “All who do evil are good in the eyes of the LORD, and he is pleased with them” or “Where is the God of justice?”
(2:17 NIV)

Time and again we go against His direction and teaching.  Speaking from a parent’s perspective, I know how frustrated I get when my children go directly against what I’ve instructed them, when they try to justify their misbehavior, when they misinterpret what I say.  I understand how weary it can be be.  When will they ever learn?  We keep on them and keep on them.

My oldest is almost 13 (oh, my!) and is trying to fit into the adult world.  That can be a bit of problem in conversations.  She seems to think that she knows as much as any adult and speaks up at very inappropriate times.  I’ve pulled her aside and (in her eyes embarrassed her) and reminded her that to grow up also involves learning to know when NOT to speak.  She gets very angry and doesn’t speak to for a while.  She then interprets that as I don’t want her involvement.  It is weary to have to keep explaining to her appropriate behavior and when to act and not to act.  She wants the lessons in life to go her the ways of her wants and that is usually not the case.  The easy and pleasant seeming road is not always the correct one.

Are we wearying our Father?  Are we not heeding His words?