God's Incredible Patience

God destroys whole cities, God's anger, God's patience
Suppose we walked into a room and witnessed this:
"Tommy, pick up your toys."
"Which toys, Mom?"
And without another word, mother sent Tommy to his room for disobedience.

We'd think this mother too harsh.

But suppose we entered the room an hour earlier when she gave Tommy a loving hug and asked Tommy to pick up all his toys... or thirty minutes later when she reminded him he needed to pick them up before company came... or fifteen minutes after that when she told Tommy she'd punish him if his toys weren't picked up soon.

Instead of seeing her as harsh, we'd consider her patient - too patient. 

We'd see her requests as reasonable and Tommy's reactions as rebellious.

When people call God harsh for destroying whole cities in Old Testament times, punishing sin in the present, or sending people to hell in the future, they base their opinion on the end of the story, not the whole story.*

In all cases, God is exceedingly patient. He gives us more chances than we deserve (Psalm 103:8-14).

* For one example of God's patience and willingness to give men more chances, read the book of Jonah.

5 comments:

  1. This is my first day with 1-Minute Bible Love Notes...and I can already tell how much I will enjoy it! I have told my husband about it so that he will be able to use it to help him grow in his walk with God. His biggest issue has always been having time (even though I believe it's more of MAKING time to grow your relationship with the Lord...that goes for EVERYONE. 😀). So thank you Gail for doing this! I look forward to this journey!💜

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    1. It blesses me to hear this, Carole.
      I pray Bible Love Notes will bless you and your husband and draw us all closer to the Lord.
      Gail : )

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    2. Same here...recently discovered this page and so far I'm addicted to the truths being shared..which is hard to find these days. God bless you.

      Petunia from South Africa

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  2. I'm excited reading today's love note and for Carole. I've been a daily reader (except a few times playing catch up) for just over a year. I too have encouraged my husband to share in these quick but encouraging devotions for those exact reasons. He is now following Gail on Pinterest along with me and often shares the latest love note or bite sized bible study with me before I get a chance to click my bookmark. :) Thank you Gail for being such a blessing to so many.

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    1. Thanks so much for this encouragement, Misty. You and Carole have blessed me with your kind words. May we all draw closer to Jesus as He teaches us more about His wonderful love and truth.
      Gail : )

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