God Even Uses Your Annoyances!
Have you ever wondered why God put certain people in your path? It is easy to know why he put your good friends or favorite relatives in your path! They encourage you, make you happy, make you laugh and you have fun. You share so much together. Then there are those people that you cannot figure out why God put them in your path. To annoy you? Maybe.
Most of us probably grew up in a mixture of love and hurt. We survived and are hopefully still healing and changing. Most of us got along in our home because we all worked towards that. We were expected to give and take. Some times bad things happen in families that end up bringing good. Genesis 50: 20, "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives."
We pick our friends and they replace others in our life including extended family. Sometimes it is justified and sometimes it is selfish. Family can be more difficult than friendships. If we only choose to be around those who are easy, whether family or acquaintance, how will we ever change? We know we are not to act annoyed and often times by the time someone becomes that annoying person - everything they do gets on our nerves. James 1: 20, "human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires." What does God tell us to do? Psalm 34: 14, "Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it."
Beth Moore wrote, "God often uses other people as the chisel to carve true integrity into our rough personalities. A chisel that never scrapes the stone is useless. This applies to our birth families or the family of God. The family is a crucial institution. It affects everyone, for good or ill. By its very nature, it can be the place where one experiences and learns intimacy, love and growth, or it can be the place where one experiences and learns resentment, abuse and destructive behavior."
"An annoyed and joyless Christian is the devil's greatest billboard." Mark Hart