4. He’s patient with us.
Patience is a virtue, but somehow it was omitted from my DNA.
Long grocery checkout lines.
All require a silent prayer. Lord, please help me to be patient with this situation.
For some reason, I am more patient with people than I am scenarios. I guess I remember how many times I’ve tried other people’s patience, so I want them to show me the same grace. What about you?
But not everyone doles out hall passes. Short fuses abound, and explosive tempers often destroys relationships. Many walk away from a friend or loved one because their patience is depleted. Perhaps that is your story.
But here’s a beautiful fact about God. Because our heavenly Father loves us so much, he is immensely patient with us. He doesn’t write us off when we disappoint Him and is exceedingly patient even with those who reject Him.
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
That’s why the “bad guys” stick around for so long. He’s giving even them extra time to repent and turn their lives around.
The Apostle Paul understood the patience of God because the former persecutor of Christians was a recipient.
“But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life” (1 Timothy 1:16).
Paul’s saying if Christ was patient with me, a murderer of believers, he’ll be patient with anyone.
Here’s the challenge.
How can we be more patient with the people around us? You know, the way God is patient with us?
Have we written someone off because they seem beyond help? They’ve hurt us? They never listen?
Maybe today’s the day we pray for more patience from our loving, patient, heavenly Father. He’s waiting for us to tap into his strength and endless reservoir of patience.