Have you ever taken time to consider how great the patience of God is? With chaos bursting out in so many parts of the world, gross injustice and persecution toward Christians in many places, we may wonder why God does not intervene in judgement.
As Paul addressed this same concern in his day; outlining the deplorable conditions of man, he asked a valid question; “Or do you presume on the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4). “Repentance” is one of the primary reasons for God’s patience.
When conditions trend toward getting worse and worse around in the world, we long for the end to come and the Lord returns for His Church. Rarely do we marvel at the patience “of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:3-4). Our feelings get stirred up like David in his imprecatory Psalms that called for God’s wrath and judgment against the enemies of God.
What about God’s patience toward one individual — you and me? This type of patience is expressed in Luke 15. The man with one lost sheep caused him to “leave the ninety-nine…and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it” (15:4). There is no human time limit on God’s patience. What will mark the end of this age will be that His purposes have been reached, not that His patience has run out.
It is good for us to consider this when we are dealing with other people.
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