“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
I have known this verse for a long time but have never equated it with patience before. That’s right patience. Think about it, God gave man and especially the Israelite nation many chances to get their act together, and they continued to reject Him and His commandments. So after sending many prophets, showing many signs and wonders and giving many chances He sent His Son to show them the way to eternal salvation. He was patient for many years and continued to show patience by sacrificing His beloved Son to share Good News of the Gospel with them and the rest of the world.
God must have patience and faith in man’s ability to change in order for Him to do what He has done for us. Are we up to the challenge to prove Him right in His faith toward us? Can we show Him that we appreciate His effort and patience? Have we ever experienced the patience that God must have waiting for us to get our act together from anyone else?
For me God showed more patience than I have ever known by believing in me. God believes in all of His children. We are His. We Are His. WE ARE HIS. Knowing this maybe we should act more like Him and show more patience to those around us and help them in their struggles.
I started writing today’s blog to complain, but quickly realized that I was wrong and I need more patience with the imperfect people around me. After all God has so much patience with me, and I am very imperfect. Acting more like Him is the way I give Him glory.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (NASB)
21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
The righteousness of God in Christ Jesus is what I want to be. What about you? Next time you get impatient with the imperfect people around you, remember God’s patience with your imperfection. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.