There’s a T-shirt I’d like to get with a print of flowers and the scripture about God’s mercies being new every morning. (Lamentations 3:23) not just because it’s pretty, but because I like the reminder.
Have you ever felt that you are never going to change? That the problems you are dealing with, or the habits you are trying to break, are the same ones you’ve had for years? Ever wonder if God is getting tired of waiting for you to “get it?”
A couple of scriptures came to mind, besides the one above, as I pondered God’s patience with me.
Don’t overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change.2 Peter 3:8-9 (MSG)
What I learn from this is that God is not impatient. Time is not an issue when it comes to our spiritual well-being. He is on our side wanting the best for us.
The next scripture that came to mind is:
Then Peter came to Him and asked, “Lord, how many times will my brother sin against me and I forgive him and let it go? Up to seven times?”
Jesus answered him, “I say to you, not up to seven times, but seventy times seven.Matthew 18:21-22 (AMP)
If you look at it this way—a brother may do the same thing over and over again. Jesus is telling Peter not to give up on him. It may take a long time for him to change. It shows how Jesus extends grace much further than we feel is appropriate. Should we not extend the same grace in our own lives?
We live in a society that lacks patience. God is with us in the now of our lives but he lives in the realm of eternity.
I recently wrote a poem that expressed my feelings of impatience with myself. I hope you enjoy it. May it speak to you, too.
If I looked inside myself
The mess that I’d find there
Would challenge any hope I’d felt
And lead me to despair.
Thankfully, the God I love,
Loves me through and through.
He lifts my chin and with a grin
Says, “I’ve hope enough for two.”
Grace & Peace,