God’s Patience

God’s patience is a marvelous thing. He sent His Son and His own rejected Him (John 1:11). Yet, God continues to be “longsuffering” (2 Peter 3:9) to this day. However, this divine forbearance should not be mistaken for an exemption from justice. There is a point at which God turns away and allows rebellion to reap its fruits (Job 4:8). To suffer under the delusion that God’s patience is eternal is best manifested in those who put off until tomorrow the changes in their life they need to make today.

Such was the case of God’s people as recorded in Judges 10:11-14. The children of Israel had fallen into idolatry and their punishment was an Ammonite invasion. “We have sinned against You” (Judges 10:10), they said and, with this confession, you would think that God would now save them; but God’s patience was exhausted. It was not until the children of Israel “put away the foreign gods from among them and served the Lord” (Judges 10:16a) that God responded positively; they had to truly repent.

It is not until true repentance occurs that God changes His perspective toward those who feign fealty (Habakkuk 1:13). The lip-service of pretenders, whose lives display no maturity, is repugnant to God (Joel 2:13). Yet, the degree to which God is affected by our struggles is succinctly stated: “and His soul was grieved for the misery of Israel” (Judges 10:16b).

My friend, God truly wants you to be saved (2 Peter 3:9) but many will not be (Matthew 7:13). And why is that? Simply because people refuse to change and, as much as rebellion breaks His heart, God does not lie to excuse sin (Titus 1:2). To know to do right and not do it is sin (James 4:17), and your delay is trying God’s patience.

JDS