Spoiled with First-World Problems

Friday is for Heart Songs

spoiled brat  (sodahead image)Still waiting (will it ever end) on the sale of our house. I know others have waited far longer but after having three buyers back out at the last moment, this one seems to be taking unreasonably long. Our original closing date was  April 22!

Hold ups with the appraisal.
Hold ups with the underwriter.
Hold ups with Memorial Day.
Hold ups with the weekend.
Hold ups with the hold ups!

Someone said that God is developing our faith.  I don’t think so.  I think he is more concerned about developing our patience based on what is going on.

Will we trust Him?
Will we wait for Him?
Will we honor Him?

Notice how I make it all about what God wants to do in my and Steph’s life. Maybe God is working on or in our realtor’s life? Maybe he is working something out in our buyer’s lives or their realtor? Maybe the person behind the desk at the bank is the one he is working something out for or in during this time? Maybe … GOD only knows the myriad of things that he is doing when we tend to focus only on that part that we can see immediately impinges on what we WANT?

There’s the rub. What I want. That is almost always the problem with my anxiety. I want something in a particular way and time and when I don’t get it that way I morph into an ancient Israelite in the desert grumbling and complaining about God or other people.

I’m spoiled with first-world problems, northern-hemisphere problems, western-world problems, affluence-problems. I act like contentment is chained to me getting what I want in my timing and in my way.  Oh, how the Scriptures show a different path.

1 Timothy 6:8 (ESV)
8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.
Hebrews 13:5 (ESV)
5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Philippians 4:11 (ESV)
11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.[1]

I am still waiting,

and learning through the waiting,

to be content in Him.

“God is most glorified
when we are most satisfied in Him.”

—John Piper—

[1] The Holy Bible : English Standard Version. Wheaton : Standard Bible Society, 2001

God delights in helping us be satisfied in Him.

2 thoughts on “Spoiled with First-World Problems

  1. That’s fantastic. How are things going for you at the church?

    We first listed the house in 2008, got no nibbles through the Fall of 2010, took it off the market, put it back on in October of 2012, have lost three buyers in the final stages and now have been strung along for 2+ months with a fourth. Ready to be out of boxes.


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