God’s Infinite Patience


The Lord is not slow in keeping His word, as He seems to some, but He is waiting in mercy for you, not desiring the destruction of any, but that all may be turned from their evil ways.

~2Peter 3:9, BBE


As I contemplate human nature and life, the thing that astonishes me most is not that God allows evil; it is that He has not allowed evil to destroy us.

~Martyn Lloyd Jones

You talk about patience and long-suffering; the LORD has put up with Israel’s obstinance and perversity for centuries. He gave them Moses and the Law not to speak of the Messiah; yet less than 1% repented. Today the great majority of Jews live in direct rebellion against God. For the last 2,000 years God has patiently waited for Gentiles and Jews to repent. We have repudiated His word, rejected His son and have lived as though He does not exist when the truth is: we owe our existence to Him. I AM, therefore we are. Of all of God’s creatures, men and angels seem to be the most rebellious. Why do we rebel against a holy God who loves us? Why has God not allowed mankind to destroy himself by his own evil? God’s first intervention was the flood. Noah was the only remaining Sethite {believer}. The whole human race was corrupt and in a self-destruct mode. There was no law and order, no government, no buffer between good and evil. It was simply a matter of time before the thugs eliminated Noah and family. God intervened and saved the human race from self-destructing.

As I look back over these last 70 plus years, I am amazed at God’s patience with me. You talk about slow to learn; I must suffer from a learning disability but God has patiently and gently nudged me along. One of our preachers said last Monday, “If I were God, I would be eliminating some people.” Although I understand the frustration he is feeling, if God operated strictly on the law of justice, I would have been eliminated a long time ago. Do I long for Jesus to return and put this world in its place? Yes, yes, yes; I would love to see the world bow a knee to the KING of kings. Yet in His infinite mercy He waits giving billions the opportunity to repent. He doesn’t want folks to go to hell; He wants them to turn from their evil. God is not slow but He is merciful and patient and we need to be thankful that He is. As Yodi would say, “Thankful, I am.”


Have to leave early this morning. Pray for me as we officiate Mrs. Willowdean Sandlin COLS. Got just enough time to post the blog and do my devotion in Psalms. Have a great day and thanks for reading the blog.

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