Journal Entry ~ 02/23/18
8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. - 2 Peter 3:8-9
God shows just how much He cares enough for each of us in His patience with us. Think about your own story and how long He waited for you to surrender your life to Him, and He’s still waiting for you to give up that part of you that you’re still struggling with. Our God is so incredibly patient with us. He give us so much more time that we should be allowed.
Some read the Old Testament and think our God was full of wrath, but I see a God who was full of patience for a stubborn people. Just look at how many times He gave Israel another chance, how many prophets He sent to warn them, how He continued to provide for them despite their whining and complaining, how He gives them multiple opportunities to respond to His mercy. He didn’t give up on them, He continued to return over and over, demonstrating His incredible patience.
Jesus was the same. He was so patient with His disciples as He answered the same questions over and over, how He had to explain His parables, or how He had to continually teach them to put others first. They failed Him multiple times, yet He still loved them and He continued to show them mercy.
He is the same with us. God doesn’t demand instant maturity out of us. He doesn’t just teach us a lesson once and expect us to get it right the first time. He addresses and issue over and over with us until we begin to see the problem as He sees it, and we learn to submit that part of our lives to Him. He doesn’t get frustrated with us, He doesn’t throw His hands up in the air with us, and He doesn’t shout “just forget it.” No, He continually, lovingly, allows us to walk into the same situation, over and over again, until His transforming work is done in our hearts. He is sovereign over those moments, they are part of His plan. What an example of unending mercy toward us! So incredibly thankful for His patience.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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