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August 22, 2019 - Bible verse of the day - 2 Peter 3:9 ...

How patient is God?  2 Peter 3:9 gives us insight into His patience. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. [1]

We also learn about the Lord’s patience in Exodus 34:The Lord passed in front of Moses, calling out, “Yahweh! The Lord! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations. I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin. But I do not excuse the guilty. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children and grandchildren; the entire family is affected— even children in the third and fourth generations.” [2]

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I am not very patient at times. This is not what God is like and we can be thankful for that. In our story of Moses, we see the patience of God as He works with the Hebrew people as well as the Egyptians. The Hebrews were not perfect people and yet the Lord loved them, cared for them and freed them. The Pharaoh was rebellious against God, yet the Lord gave him one opportunity after another to turn from his sin and turn toward God.

To be patient is the very nature of God. I worked with a young man whose elderly grandmother came to faith the last week of her life. The Lord worked on her heart her entire life. He did not give up. He was the patient gardener and His patience bore fruit.

How about you? How has the Lord been patient with you? Take time to reflect on God’s patience in your own life. Lord, thank you for being so patient with me. Help me, Lord, to extend that same patience to those I come into contact each day. Amen.

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[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (2 Pe 3:9). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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