The Patience of God

The following blog was inspired by a message by Dr. Charles Stanley titled, “Are you on thin ice with God?” (www.intouch.org).

The question to be answered: Is there a limit to God’s patience?

First, what is God’s patience? It is the goodness of God to withhold punishment of those living in sin for a period of time. The Bible says in Exodus 34:6-7 (ESV): The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty…

Why is it that when we pray, we want an answer NOW; yet, when we sin, we want judgment way out in the future?

Does God’s patience run out? Eventually, yes! Look at the following situations in the Bible: Noah building the ark, Paul on Damascus road, the nation of Israel and how they spent 40 years in the wilderness. These situations clearly show that there is a limit to God’s patience.

God’s judgment is clear in Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death… There are no exceptions to God’s principles. God does not have a plan B – There will be a time when God says, “That’s It!”

You have two choices:  Either deal with your sin now, or deal with it at the Judgment seat of Christ and in the Judgment it will be too late! As it says in Isaiah 55:6: Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.

I will offer up one final thought for you: The devil is smarter than the Atheists. Why? Because he believes there is a God, and they don’t. They (atheists) are in for the shock of all eternity.

Additional Reading:

1 Tim. 1:12-17

Romans 2:4-5

Ecc. 8:11

– Adam Smith

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One thought on “The Patience of God

  1. billphillips says:

    Adam,

    Great post! I think if God left it up to most people, they would send murderers and child molestors to hell immediately. But they would show much more mercy to liars, blasphemers, etc., because those are little sins (they consider them little sins because they’re guilty of those things). When people realize that God should send them to hell for what they’ve done, they’re ready to be saved.

    Thanks,
    Bill

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