Have you ever been really angry at someone you love? Yet in that anger, your love for that person seems to overpower the anger in you that even though you are mad, you provide for that person what he needs in order to live. Talk about parenting. May well be applicable to husband and wife relationship.
There are times when I am at my wits end when it comes to giving imposing discipline to my kids, but then they ask for food, they need to go to the toilet, they need water, they need to reach a toy from the shelf, they will ask for help as if nothing happened! Of course, as a mom, I can’t let my anger stop me from providing water or food for them. It can be tempting to not provide and let them suffer sometimes, I know.
So when I saw this verse from Nehemiah:
Forty years you sustained them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing. Their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell. – Nehemiah 9:21
I saw God’s fatherly love for us, for his people. Though his people were in the wilderness, being disciplined, God continued to provide for them. He did his part by providing and sustaining them. He made miracles and preserved them extraordinarily. Just like how parents continue to show love to their kids even when they are mad.
We fail so many times and think that God will never give us what we deserve or what we have been praying for. We fail to see that in the midst of our failures, He continues to provide what we need. The basic necessities to live, to be sustained, and to move on in our lives even if we have failed.
Move on. Do what you have to do. Keep going.
He is sustaining you and will sustain you all the way.
Originally published: December 13, 2016
Date updated: June 22, 2020
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