I am constantly amazed at how patient God is with His children. His love is steadfast and enduring. He forgives and forgives and forgives when we continue to fail, fail, and fail some more. A few days ago, I was doing my morning devotions and read Psalm 107. Talk about patience! Throughout the Psalm, God’s people turn from Him and when they finally cry to the Lord in their trouble, He delivers them from their distress – every time! Check it out – verses 6, 13, 19, and 28 all read, “Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.”
When reading about God’s people Israel in the Old Testament, it is easy to think of them as stubborn and rebellious. God’s power was so evident in His deliverance of Israel from Egypt, yet as Moses was receiving the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai, Israel had already committed spiritual adultery on faithful God by making and worshiping a golden calf. Because of Moses’ intercession, God did not pour out His wrath. God was always faithful in keeping His promises and patient with His people. God brought Israel to the promised land as He promised, but due to a lack of faith in God, they did not enter because of the strength of the enemy. Read more about Israel’s sin and God’s faithfulness. It is easy for us to judge Israel as stubborn towards God, but what about us today? Are we any better?
If we honestly examine ourselves, we discover that we fall short, too. Though God is faithful to us, and though He saved us from the sin that enslaved and condemned us, we constantly fail. We forget all God has done. We look at His creation and forget that He is the Creator. We accomplish things in life, yet not often do we give God credit for giving us life and the abilities that made such an accomplishment possible. We take advantage of all He has given us. We sin against God, and He still forgives. What a patient, faithful God!
I write this not to discourage but to encourage you to give honor and glory to God every day. Christianity is a lifestyle and we need to start fresh every day. It’s been said that we start the day in the flesh – selfish, prideful, faithless, etc. In order to “get back on track,” we need to think of God first thing in the morning – through prayer and reading His Word. God is patient and forgiving, but we must not take advantage of His kindness! Romans 2:4 says “Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” We must cry out to God daily, as David did. Thank God for His steadfast love, faithfulness, and patience!
But I, O LORD, cry to you;
in the morning my prayer comes before you.
(Psalm 88:13 ESV)