Do you sometimes feel that God must be tired of putting up with you?
I mess up things in this life. A lot. Do you?
I’ve been studying Gideon in chapter six of the book of Judges. Priscilla Shirer has written this study that I’m working my way through. She is wonderful at bringing out little nuggets of wisdom that I may not otherwise grasp. That’s why God gave some people the ability to teach – for people like me.
Then Gideon said to God, “Do not let Your anger burn against me that I may speak once more; please let me make a test once more with the fleece, let it now be dry only on the fleece, and let there be dew on all the ground.” Judges 6:39
Gideon had previously asked God to let the dew fall only on the fleece that was on the grain threshing floor and let the ground be dry around the fleece. He awoke to a fleece so full of dew that Gideon wrung it out. It wasn’t just damp, y’all. It was soaked!
Can you think of times like this in your life – that God answered fully, completely, and immediately? We should be assured of God’s answer when the fleece is dripping wet.
Do you ever ask God for another sign, like Gideon did? “Are you sure, God?”
We don’t necessarily doubt God, but we doubt ourselves. Can I really do what God’s
asking telling me to do?
What do you think Gideon found the next morning after his prayer of verse 39? Verse 40 tells us that God did so. Dry fleece – and wet ground all around it.
Getting back to the patience part, we sometimes feel God isn’t interested in the tiny details of our lives, that maybe He’s frustrated with us – impatient, or mad that it’s taking so long for us to get it.
God’s relationship with Gideon is an example of how He is patient with us, as well.
He knows our every flaw. He made us the way we are, so of course he knows our flaws – and strengths. He knows us intimately! (Oh, that we would seek to know Him as intimately as He knows us!)
We sometimes have a picture of God at his throne with a huge gavel, ready to slam it down in judgment of us. Yes, we will all be judged, for He is a just God.
Here’s the nugget, y’all:
His power to be patient is as mighty as His power to be just.
The phrase we read often in God’s word, slow to anger, is often paired with the phrase, abounding in steadfast love. (See Exodus 34:6.) His power for extreme patience is bound in secure and steady love for us. Unlike an earthly judge, God has unfathomable patience with us!
God’s patience = restraining power. His restraint is enabled by His power.
He draws us closer to Him with His love, His patience, His grace.I hope you have a Spectacular Sunday…while marveling at the mighty power of God’s patience.
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